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Texas terror : the slave insurrection panic of 1860 and the secession of the lower South

Author: Donald E Reynolds
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2007.
Series: Conflicting worlds.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On July 8, 1860, fire destroyed the entire business section of Dallas, Texas. At about the same time, two other fires damaged towns near Dallas. Early reports indicated that spontaneous combustion was the cause of the blazes, but four days later, Charles Pryor, editor of the Dallas Herald, wrote letters to editors of pro-Democratic newspapers, alleging that the fires were the result of a vast abolitionist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Reynolds, Donald E., 1931-
Texas terror.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608025134
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald E Reynolds
ISBN: 9780807132838 0807132837
OCLC Number: 123349595
Description: xii, 237 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: What is in the wind? --
Red torch over our land --
Better to hang ninety-nine innocent men --
Savage deeds of blood and carnage --
Great news from Texas --
A thousand rumors --
Who is William H. Bailey? --
The mortal enemy of the south --
Conclusions of a mad people.
Series Title: Conflicting worlds.
Responsibility: Donald E. Reynolds.
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"On July 8, 1860, fire destroyed the entire business section of Dallas, Texas. At about the same time, two other fires damaged towns near Dallas. Early reports indicated that spontaneous combustion was the cause of the blazes, but four days later, Charles Pryor, editor of the Dallas Herald, wrote letters to editors of pro-Democratic newspapers, alleging that the fires were the result of a vast abolitionist conspiracy, the purpose of which was to devastate northern Texas and free the region's slaves. White preachers from the North, he asserted, had recruited local slaves to set the fires, murder the white men of their region, and rape their wives and daughters. These sensational allegations set off an unprecedented panic that extended throughout the Lone Star State and beyond. In Texas Terror, Donald E. Reynolds offers a deft analysis of these events and illuminates the ways in which this fictionalized conspiracy determined the course of southern secession immediately before the Civil War." "Reynolds demonstrates that secessionists throughout the Lower South created public panic for a purpose: preparing a traditionally nationalistic region for withdrawal from the Union. Their exploitation of the "Texas Troubles," Reynolds asserts, was a critical and possibly decisive factor in the Lower South's decision to leave the Union of their fathers and form the Confederacy."--Jacket.

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