By Charles B. Dew
In overdue 1860 and early 1861, state-appointed commissioners traveled the size and breadth of the slave South wearing a fervent message in pursuit of a transparent target: to cajole the political management and the citizenry of the uncommitted slave states to hitch within the attempt to ruin the Union and forge a brand new Southern nation.
Directly refuting the neo-Confederate rivalry that slavery was once neither the cause of secession nor the catalyst for the ensuing onset of hostilities in 1861, Charles B. Dew reveals within the commissioners' brutally candid rhetoric a stark white supremacist ideology that proves the opposite. The commissioners incorporated of their speeches a constitutional justification for secession, to ensure, they usually pointed to a few political "outrages" devoted by means of the North within the many years ahead of Lincoln's election. however the center in their argument—the cause the ideal of secession needed to be invoked and invoked immediately—did no longer activate concerns of constitutional interpretation or political precept. again and again, the commissioners lower back to a similar element: that Lincoln's election signaled an unequivocal dedication at the a part of the North to smash slavery and that emancipation may plunge the South right into a racial nightmare.
Dew's discovery and examine of the hugely illuminating public letters and speeches of those apostles of disunion—often really imprecise males despatched out to transform the unconverted to the secessionist cause--have led him to indicate that the arguments the commissioners awarded offer us with the easiest facts we've of the causes at the back of the secession of the reduce South in 1860–61.
Addressing themes nonetheless hotly debated between historians and the general public at huge greater than a century after the Civil struggle, Dew demanding situations many present perceptions of the explanations of the clash. He deals a compelling and obviously substantiated argument that slavery and race have been completely serious components within the outbreak of war—indeed, that they have been on the middle of our nice nationwide crisis.
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Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era) by Charles B. Dew