Charles B. Dew. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Charlottesville and London: University Press of. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Front Cover. Charles B. Dew. University Press of Virginia, Apostles of Disunion has ratings and 70 reviews. Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil.
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To ask other readers questions about Apostles of Disunionplease sign up. Book Review of Charles B. Due to the brevity of the book, Dew does not go into detail on many of the events leading up to the Civil War, which would further illuminate his argument. Maybe a little self-loathing because he is southern? Nov 03, chrles rated it really liked it Shelves: As Dave Barry once noted, identifying the causes of the Civil War used to be easy: Secession commissioners had the job of explaining to the Southern people the dire threat that required secession as a response.
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Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War
Dew recounts many of the same kinds of stories that we seemed to be faced with in the introduction. He offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were absolutely critical factors in the outbreak of war—indeed, that they were at the heart of our great national crisis. Racial rhetoric did not advance much in the South between andas the same arguments that got trotted around the dog and pony show for secession were also used by racists in the 20th century against integration.
Proof of this inevitably they claimed, was clearly represented by the election of Abraham Lincoln, over three other more moderate candidates, each of which would have been at least palatable to the South. Dew states in the introduction of Apostles of Disunion: But the core of their argument—the reason the right of secession had to be invoked and invoked immediately—did not turn on matters of constitutional interpretation or political principle.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. When South Carolina formally severed ties with the Union on 20 Decemberit moved quickly to improve its political and geographic isolation. There could be no turning back now, the balance of power had finally been irreparably tipped in favor of Northern anti-slavery fanaticism, which would sweep slavery from not just the territories but quickly as well from the entire nation.
Dew finds in the commissioners’ brutally candid rhetoric a stark white supremacist ideology that proves the contrary. The idea of racial equality for the four million Black slaves, then held in bondage in the South and the amalgamation of the races which would surely follow was wholly repugnant for them. Jun 21, George P. Winner of the Fletcher Pratt Prize from the Civil War Round Table of New York “This incisive history should dispel the pernicious notion that the Confederacy fought the Civil War to advance the constitutional principle of states’ rights and only coincidentally to preserve slavery.
This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. However, Dew, as is apparent throughout the text, pays close attention towards the language of the commissioners in their speeches that explain why they favor of succession. The twain has met. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In his brief tome, Apostles of Disunion: Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. What ensues is a book full of the highlights of the commissioners reports.
This is feature allows you to search the site. This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. Often offering visions of the horrific bloodshed and chaos which had so recently accompanied slave revolts across the Caribbean, as examples of what the future held for the South under such circumstances. After all, if the Rebels were evil racists, then they do not even deserve cemetery monuments, much less public ones.
Many may well have shuddered, wondering what could possibly be coming next, the enfranchisement of women or even Indians for that matter!
The book is useful because it provides an analytical argument through the usage of insightful and relevant primary sources that are contextualized by secondary sources that immerse you into the world of the secessionists. The role of these commissioners is largely unknown, which is a huge omission in Civil War history. All of these works look closely at the letters and speeches of numerous Southern secession commissioners, that is, those elected either by Southern voters or state legislatures as delegates to statewide conventions considering secession or as official “ambassadors” from already seceded states to undecided states, as well as the proceedings of Southern state secession conventions.
In a very real sense, to live in the United States, North or South, in Disunlon of was to live in a racially charged world with attitudes about the purposes, limits, and possibilities of racial equality incomprehensible to this present age. His evidence is the body of letters and speeches produced by the Deep South’s charls commissioners, a group of 52 men appointed by the first five seceded states to explain their action to other white Southerners and to persuade them to join the nascent Southern confederacy.
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But these defenders of the Lost Cause need only read the speeches and letters of the secession commissioners to learn what was really driving the Deep South to the brink of war in Slavery chrales at the center of the secession movement.
So they took to preserving their way of life by separating from the very same people who threatened them.
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After the war, it was state rights, not slavery, oh no. I take another star away because he sets up a straw man by stating that modern-day apologists for the south claim that slavery played no disunuon in starting the Civil War.
Great book If we want to know what role slavery may or may not have played in the coming of the Civil War, chrles is no better place to look than in the speeches and letters of the men who served their states as secession commissioners on the eve of the conflict. He offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were absolutely critical factors in the outbreak of war—indeed, cnarles they were at the heart of our great national crisis.
Clear and well-written, albeit a tad repetitive.
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