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The Resource Apostles of disunion : Southern secession commissioners and the causes of the Civil War, by Charles B. Dew

Apostles of disunion : Southern secession commissioners and the causes of the Civil War, by Charles B. Dew

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Apostles of disunion : Southern secession commissioners and the causes of the Civil War
Title
Apostles of disunion
Title remainder
Southern secession commissioners and the causes of the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
by Charles B. Dew
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In late 1860 and early 1861, state-appointed commissioners traveled the length and breadth of the slave South carrying a fervent message in pursuit of a clear goal: to persuade the political leadership and the citizenry of the uncommitted slave states to join in the effort to destroy the Union and forge a new Southern nation. Directly refuting the neo-Confederate contention that slavery was neither the reason for secession nor the catalyst for the resulting onset of hostilities in 1861, Charles B. Dew finds in the commissioners' brutally candid rhetoric a stark white supremacist ideology that proves the contrary. The commissioners included in their speeches a constitutional justification for secession, to be sure, and they pointed to a number of political "outrages" committed by the North in the decades prior to Lincoln's election. But the core of their argumentthe reason the right of secession had to be invoked and invoked immediatelydid not turn on matters of constitutional interpretation or political principle. Over and over again, the commissioners returned to the same point: that Lincoln's election signaled an unequivocal commitment on the part of the North to destroy slavery and that emancipation would plunge the South into a racial nightmare. Dew's discovery and study of the highly illuminating public letters and speeches of these apostles of disunionoften relatively obscure men sent out to convert the unconverted to the secessionist cause--have led him to suggest that the arguments the commissioners presented provide us with the best evidence we have of the motives behind the secession of the lower South in 186061. Addressing topics still hotly debated among historians and the public at large more than a century after the Civil War, Dew challenges many current perceptions of the causes of the conflict. He offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were absolutely critical factors in the outbreak of warindeed, that they were at the heart of our great national crisis
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Cataloging source
FHF
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Dew, Charles B
Dewey number
976.03
Index
index present
LC call number
E459
LC item number
.D4 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Nation divided
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  • Secession
  • Confederate States of America
  • Southern States
  • United States
Label
Apostles of disunion : Southern secession commissioners and the causes of the Civil War, by Charles B. Dew
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm82520770
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st paperback edition.
Extent
x, 124 pages
Isbn
9780813921044
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o82520770
  • (OCoLC)82520770
Label
Apostles of disunion : Southern secession commissioners and the causes of the Civil War, by Charles B. Dew
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm82520770
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st paperback edition.
Extent
x, 124 pages
Isbn
9780813921044
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o82520770
  • (OCoLC)82520770

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