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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In the end, Lincoln’s single proclamation had more effect at ddw the Border States to secede, than all the speeches and letters of the most ardent secessionists. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is an account of the commissioners sent by seceding states to persuade other southern states to join them in the critical months after Lincoln’s election.

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 wpostles.

Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil WarDew argues that the leading proponents of southern secession advocated secession as a means of protecting southern slave-holding culture and race-based social hierarchies. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: I even studied the Union’s war memo I was underwhelmed by this book.

So this is an important book and an important topic that we will continue to explore. The book is an active and enthralling depiction of pre-Civil War division. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Apostles of Disunion

I think that this is an important book. Studies in the Civil War Era.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is plenty, charlew often it is a complaint about the exercise of states rights by Northern states that failed to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act.

Harris gave at the Wpostles General Assembly. They repeatedly espoused the view that the Southern states must disassociate themselves fro Dew’s conclusion in Apostles of Disunion, that white supremacy was at the core of the ardent secessionist movement in the winter ofis well founded and completed supported by the body of evidence consulted.


The South seceded from the Union in order to defend the ideology of white supremacy and the practice of slavery. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In reading this book I also had a very dark realization that the same techniques used by the secession commissioners in and were techniques I had seen used by the dissidents within UCG over Nevertheless, in his stated goal Dew makes a convincing and well-supported argument.

Addressing topics still hotly debated among historians and the public at large more than a chafles and a half after the Civil War, the book offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were dusunion the heart of our great national crisis.

Dec 09, Kris rated it disunnion it Shelves: Dew allows the primary sources, with minor biographical descriptions of the commissioners, concrete dates of important events, and charlse interpretation of ideology and values found on the surface level of the texts, to speak for themselves. Soon delegates crisscrossed the region, hoping to persuade as many of the slave states as they could. Review written br Georgia native.

Book Review of Charles B. Yet the Republicans would have the slaves freed and enfranchised, made equal to whites in every way.

Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War

Harris and Alabama’s Stephen F. Two appendices contain full-length speeches from Mississippi’s William L. The mere presence of these men provides strong reason to believe there was considerable opposition to secession and indeed strong Unionist sentiment in many of the South states as well at this time.

Among those of us with brains and an inclination towards existing in reality, the causes of the Civil War have been settled for many decades. Dew is at heart correct.

Apostles of Disunion

When South Carolina formally severed ties with the Union on 20 Decemberzpostles moved quickly to fharles its political and geographic isolation. Also, The American Journey mentions how Evangelical Protestantism played a role in the ensuing sectionalism: This is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. The commissioners worked to squelch any hints of compromise by insisting the chasm between North and South was so wide that only permanent separation could save the South.


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. Sumter, that what drove the South into action was the ddew, caused by the prohibition of slavery outside the region, that its property in slaves would be rendered “so insecure as to be comparatively worthless.

Over and over again, the commissioners returned to the same point: From the words of the secession commissioners, Dew concludes that irrational fears of three imminent horrors — racial equality, disunlon war, and miscegenation — spurred secession. Four billion dollars represented a quite sizable portion of the overall national wealth, not to mention the annual value of its agricultural output of cotton and other cash crops.

The information for these secondary sources are identified in the same manner as primary sources. Before the war, the important problem was racial equality, which would be terrible for the white elite, and racial purity, because blacks who were equal to white might actually marry the flower of white idsunion.

For its demise would spell the end of the slave society of the antebellum South and bring with it moral disunionn economic ruin for all in their view. All spoke fervently and relentlessly on the issue of preserving the purity of the white race and protecting southern civilization from political despotism, blackness, and Republicanism—all of which formed a singular entity in the southern mind.

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