By Charles B. Dew
In overdue 1860 and early 1861, state-appointed commissioners traveled the size and breadth of the slave South sporting a fervent message in pursuit of a transparent objective: to cajole the political management and the citizenry of the uncommitted slave states to hitch within the attempt to damage the Union and forge a brand new Southern nation.
Directly refuting the neo-Confederate rivalry that slavery used to be 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 integrated of their speeches a constitutional justification for secession, to be certain, they usually pointed to a couple of political "outrages" devoted by way of the North within the many years sooner than Lincoln's election. however the center in their argument—the cause the correct of secession needed to be invoked and invoked immediately—did no longer activate issues of constitutional interpretation or political precept. again and again, the commissioners again to an identical aspect: that Lincoln's election signaled an unequivocal dedication at the a part of the North to spoil slavery and that emancipation may plunge the South right into a racial nightmare.
Dew's discovery and research 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 signify that the arguments the commissioners offered offer us with the simplest facts we've of the factors 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 warfare, Dew demanding situations many present perceptions of the factors of the clash. He deals a compelling and obviously substantiated argument that slavery and race have been completely severe components within the outbreak of war—indeed, that they have been on the center 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