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Apostles of disunion : southern secession commissioners and the causes of the Civil War

Author: Charles B Dew
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 2001.
Series: Nation divided.
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"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."
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles B Dew
ISBN: 0813920361 9780813920368
OCLC Number: 44860861
Description: x, 124 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Slavery, states' rights, and secession commissioners --
The first wave --
The South Carolinians --
The Alabamians --
The mission to Virginia --
Conclusion: Apostles of disunion, apostles of racism --
Appendix: Documents.
Series Title: Nation divided.
Responsibility: Charles B. Dew.
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During 1860 and 1861 state-appointed commissioners travelled around the slave south attempting to persuade uncommitted slave states to join in an effort to destroy the Union. Dew argues that the  Read more...

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