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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: 0807871591

ISBN-13: 9780807871591

Pub. Date: 09/15/2010

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 the

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871591
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Series:
Littlefield History of the Civil War Era Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
225,492
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Prologue 17

Part I 1789-1836

1 The Language of Terrifying Prophecy: Disunion Debates in the Early Republic 31

2 We Claim Our Rights: The Advent of Abolitionism 55

3 Ruinous Tendencies: The Anti-Abolition Backlash 87

Part II 1837-1850

4 The Idea Will Become Familiar: Disunion in the Era of Mass Party Politics 127

5 Oh for a Man Who Is a Man: Debating Slavery's Expansion 165

6 That Is Revolution!: The Crisis of 1850 199

Part III 1851-1859

7 Beneath the Iron Heel: Fugitive Slaves and Bleeding Kansas 235

8 To Consummate Its Boldest Designs: The Slave Power Confronts the Republicans 273

9 War to the Knife: Images of the Coming Fight 305

Epilogue: The Rubicon Is Passed: The War and Beyond 337

Notes 349

Bibliography 401

Index 431

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