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This analysis of politics and ideology in antebellum South Carolina offers a provocative new look at the roots of southern separatism and the causes of the Civil War. The author argues that secession was a conservative movement to protect and perpetuate slavery, not a fight for white liberty as others have proposed.
This book belongs in the front ranks of scholarship on the politics of slavery. (Civil War History)
The Counterrevolution of Slavery is a well researched and strongly argued reinterpretation of the road to secession in South Carolina. (Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
The Counterrevolution of Slavery is a provocative revisionist history of slavery's profound influence on politics and ideology in the vanguard of secession, making clear that the Confederates in the attic of antebellum South Carolina were the state's political leaders, who said what they meant and meant what they said. (Michael Johnson, Johns Hopkins University)