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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Davis leaves slavery for his discussion of secession.

In his brief tome, Apostles of Disunion: Neo-Confederates may have a “problem” with this interpretation Dew makes a convincing argument: Nevertheless, in his stated goal Dew makes a convincing and well-supported argument. Dew is at heart correct.

They quickly became ardent defenders of the Lost Cause, conveniently seeming to forget their warnings of degradation before black assassins and fanatic abolitionists and insisting the South fought only for constitutional government and liberty. Beriah Magoffin of Kentucky.

Apostles of Disunion

Other product and company names ddisunion may be trademarks of their respective owners. It is a point of debate, but I feel it informs Dew’s narrow focus.

apostled Dew then proceeds into contextualizing the text of Harris. Revisionist history fans may wish to continue the fables of state’s rights and constitutional differences, but the stain of the truth is forever captured in the hateful speeches of the leaders themselves. Thus, according to Dew, Calhoun believed that the Republican-based Union would ignite revolutionary ideals that would lead to the destruction of the not just the institution of slavery, but the South itself.


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Apostles of Disunion

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Their platform had advocated the complete abolition of slavery in disunkon western territories. Dew’s discovery and study of the highly illuminating public letters and speeches of these apostles of disunion—often relatively obscure men sent out to convert the unconverted to the secessionist cause–have led him apoztles 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 — Apistles, is so horrified by the racism, yet hardly mentions how slavery was highly profitable and ddew was the key to prestige and political power.

Thomas Dew, in this short but compelling book, provides persuasive evidence that the secession movement which initiated the Civil War was motivated by a desire to defend slavery, and a fear of what would happen if the “Black Republicans” took power. These documents were both explanatory and persuasive in function, and thus were not merely reflections of the seceders’ mindset but indications of what they thought would move their white Southern audiences.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Quotes from Apostles of Disun Freehling, and The Road to Disunion: Learn more about Amazon Prime. These slaves would be sold south, just as former slave owners in the Northern states had divested themselves of their human chattel a generation earlier, not usually by emancipating them, but rather instead by selling them south, thus cashing out on their investment. The book is useful because it provides an ccharles argument through the usage of insightful and relevant primary sources that are contextualized by secondary sources that immerse you into the sew of the secessionists.


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I object to the simplification of the issue. Harris and Alabama’s Stephen F. Once the cause is accepted for what it was, a fight for an immoral purpose, we then can alostles shape our opinions about A good read. There can be no denying the cause or spinning it onto something else. Nonetheless, it’s an important addition to antebellum history.

But again and again the disuhion commissioners return to the concept of white supremacy, conjuring up the eerie image of a world gone gray in their eyes, where ingrained ideas about race were cast aside and replaced with an amalgamated future.

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