Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 / Edition 1

Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 / Edition 1

by Elizabeth R. Varon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807832324

ISBN-13: 9780807832325

Pub. Date: 11/15/2008

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807832325
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Series:
Littlefield History of the Civil War Era Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue

Part I. 1789-1836
1. The Language of Terrifying Prophecy: Disunion Debates in the Early Republic
2. We Claim Our Rights: The Advent of Abolitionism
3. Ruinous Tendencies: The Anti-Abolition Backlash

Part II. 1837-1850
4. The Idea Will Become Familiar: Disunion in the Era of Mass Party Politics
5. Oh for a Man Who Is a Man: Debating Slavery's Expansion
6. That Is Revolution!: The Crisis of 1850

Part III. 1851-1859
7. Beneath the Iron Heel: Fugitive Slaves and Bleeding Kansas
8. To Consummate Its Boldest Designs: The Slave Power Confronts the Republicans
9. War to the Knife: Images of the Coming Fight

Epilogue. The Rubicon Is Passed: War and Beyond
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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