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Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859, Large Print Ed
     

Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859, Large Print Ed

by Elizabeth R. Varon
 

In the decades of the early republic, Americans debating the fate of slavery often invoked the specter of disunion to frighten their opponents. As Elizabeth Varon shows, "disunion" connoted the dissolution of the republic—the failure of the founders' effort to establish a stable and lasting representative government. For many Americans in both the North and

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In the decades of the early republic, Americans debating the fate of slavery often invoked the specter of disunion to frighten their opponents. As Elizabeth Varon shows, "disunion" connoted the dissolution of the republic—the failure of the founders' effort to establish a stable and lasting representative government. For many Americans in both the North and the South, disunion was a nightmare, a cataclysm that would plunge the nation into the kind of fear and misery that seemed to pervade the rest of the world. For many others, however, disunion was seen as the main instrument by which they could achieve their partisan and sectional goals. Varon blends political history with intellectual, cultural, and gender history to examine the ongoing debates over disunion that long preceded the secession crisis of 1860-61.

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In scope, authority, and lucidity, this book . . . deserves to be ranked alongside some of the landmark studies of Civil War causation. . . . As good an account of the worldview of antebellum Americans as one can read.—H-Civil War

Breathes new life into our understanding of the antebellum era. . . . Varon's work proves that this history, one that marries rhetoric to events, can illuminate dark corners of the antebellum narrative and carry lessons into the present day.—Journal of American Studies

A cogently reasoned intellectual history of a frequently misunderstood historical term. . . . Varon successfully weaves together political debates, contemporary journalism, literary fiction and nonfiction, sermons from pulpits of the nation's leading churches and other sources of popular culture.—Civil War Times

This is a very interesting book and important in helping to understand the underlying political causes of our American Civil War. . . . This is a valuable addition to your Civil War / Confederate library.—The Lone Star Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807866078
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Series:
Littlefield History of the Civil War Era Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.90(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

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From the moment the American union was created in 1789, threats and fears of disunion pervaded the polity. At the root of these fears lay the paradox of a slaveholding nation founded on a charter of freedom. With great clarity, Elizabeth Varon shows how sixty years of disunion rhetoric centered on slavery set the stage for secession and war.—James M. McPherson, author of Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

Meet the Author

Elizabeth R. Varon is professor of history at Temple University.

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