William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War

William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War

by Eric H. Walther
     
 

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IWilliam Lowndes Yancey (1814-63) was one of the leading secessionists of the Old South. In this first comprehensive biography, Eric H. Walther examines the personality and political life of the uncompromising fire-eater.

Born in Georgia but raised in the North by a fiercely abolitionist stepfather and an emotionally unstable mother, Yancey grew up believing… See more details below

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IWilliam Lowndes Yancey (1814-63) was one of the leading secessionists of the Old South. In this first comprehensive biography, Eric H. Walther examines the personality and political life of the uncompromising fire-eater.

Born in Georgia but raised in the North by a fiercely abolitionist stepfather and an emotionally unstable mother, Yancey grew up believing that abolitionists were cruel, meddling, and hypocritical. His personal journey led him through a series of mentors who transformed his political views, and upon moving to frontier Alabama in his twenties, Yancey's penchant for rhetorical and physical violence was soon channeled into a crusade to protect slaveholders' rights.

Yancey defied Northern Democrats at their national nominating convention in 1860, rending the party and setting the stage for secession after the election of Abraham Lincoln. Selected to introduce Jefferson Davis in Montgomery as the president-elect of the Confederacy, Yancey also served the Confederacy as a diplomat and a senator before his death in 1863, just short of his forty-ninth birthday.

More than a portrait of an influential political figure before and during the Civil War, this study also presents a nuanced look at the roots of Southern honor, violence, and understandings of manhood as they developed in the nineteenth century.

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Editorial Reviews

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Walther delivers an insightful and convincing examination of William Lowndes Yancey that students of the antebellum South and the Civil War will greatly appreciate.--H-CivWar

Walther has not only exhaustively explored the sources for Yancey's life, but he has written a careful and judicious biography of a man known for his fiery words and actions in the nation's greatest crisis.--South Carolina Historical Magazine

Until now . . . 'the prince of Fire-eaters' has lacked a modern biography.--Civil War History

Authoritative.--Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807877340
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
12/08/2006
Series:
Civil War America
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
File size:
3 MB

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Readers who wish to get into the mind and psychological makeup of the men who took the Southern states out of the Union and into the Civil War will find this book of much value. All who hope to understand the Confederacy should delve into the life and career of William Lowndes Yancey. Walther has given us a biography that will be of much value in such an effort.--Civil War News

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