1835: In the midst of public debates about slavery and the admission of free states into the Union, the American Anti-Slavery Society tried to mail abolitionist tracts to civic leaders in Charleston. Abandoning his duty to deliver the mail, Charleston postmaster Alfred Huger set the mail aside. At night, a group called the "Lynch Men" broke into the post office, stole the mail bags, and burned the tracts in public. U.S. Library of Congress