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 target: to cajole the political management and the citizenry of the uncommitted slave states to affix within the attempt to smash 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 incorporated of their speeches a constitutional justification for secession, to be certain, and so they pointed to a couple of political "outrages" dedicated by way of the North within the many years ahead of Lincoln's election. however the middle in their argument—the cause the appropriate of secession needed to be invoked and invoked immediately—did now not activate issues of constitutional interpretation or political precept. over and over, the commissioners lower back to a similar element: that Lincoln's election signaled an unequivocal dedication at the a part of the North to spoil slavery and that emancipation could plunge the South right into a racial nightmare.
Dew's discovery and learn of the hugely illuminating public letters and speeches of those apostles of disunion—often rather vague males despatched out to transform the unconverted to the secessionist cause--have led him to indicate that the arguments the commissioners provided supply us with the simplest proof we've got of the causes in the back of the secession of the reduce South in 1860–61.
Addressing issues nonetheless hotly debated between historians and the general public at huge greater than a century after the Civil battle, Dew demanding situations many present perceptions of the motives 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 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