Charles Pinckney said this was it. The point of no return. The new nation was hanging by a thread. The next vote would decide it all. Or doom them all.

But wait, wasn’t Charles Pinckney the bad guy? Isn’t he the guy who claimed to have his own proposal, sent a quickly made-up one to Adams decades later to ensure his place in the history books? Isn’t he the guy who fought so hard for slavery?

History isn’t a story. Real-life people are rarely “the bad guy.”

Pinckney is largely credited with something he probably never did. The irony is he’s largely uncredited for giving one of the most important speeches of the convention. Literally the last moments of the last day.