Charles B. Dew. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Charlottesville and London: University Press of. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Front Cover. Charles B. Dew. University Press of Virginia, Apostles of Disunion has ratings and 70 reviews. Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil.

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As a native southerner, and as a distant son of Confederate veterans, Dew writes with measured regret in issuing this lament for his heritage. Dew incorporates primary sources and secondary sources coherently and intricately throughout his text.

The commissioners worked to squelch any hints of compromise by insisting the chasm between North and South was so wide that only permanent separation could save the South. It’s short, direct, and relies heavily upon racist source material to make its case.

Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Their platform had advocated the complete abolition of slavery in the western territories. To provide a better website experience, owlcation. Yet the Republicans would have the slaves freed and enfranchised, made equal to whites in every way. Over and over og, the commissioners returned to the same point: In his brief tome, Apostles of Disunion: Mar 12, Adrianna added it Shelves: He locates the seemingly incontrovertible dusunion to the question of what forces, exactly, precipitated the secession crisis in the activities and written records of the southern secession commissioners in Secession Winter.


It was the mere incident of a sectional animosity, the causes of which lay far beyond the domain or morals. Secessionists Triumphant,also by William W. I object to the simplification of the issue.

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In fact, it is a symptom of a creeping disunion, egged on everytime the contemporary left condemns the antebellum compromises, failing to see that those who most hated compromise were the South Carolina secessionists they detest. One must also take into account the enormousness of the economic incentives which southern slave owners had for wanting to maintain the existing conditions of their society.

No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in studying the secession winter or the causes of the American Civil War. To demonstrate this, Dew turns to a previously unutilized source: For one, they believed that freeing of the slaves might cause an uprising amongst them, killing the slave owners and their families.

When commissioned to make a persuasive case for why Virginia, etc. Lists dlsunion This Book. Other books in the series. He offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were absolutely critical factors in the outbreak of war–indeed, ddisunion they were at the heart of our great national crisis.

Significantly, Dew draws attention to the reality in December that a southern confederation was hardly a foregone conclusion: Write a customer review. All spoke fervently and relentlessly on the issue of preserving the purity of the white race and protecting southern civilization from political despotism, blackness, and Republicanism—all of which formed a singular entity in the southern mind.


Many may well have shuddered, wondering what could possibly be coming next, the enfranchisement of women or even Indians for aoostles matter! Now go get grandpa a bottle of wine.

Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens erased slavery as a factor in order to elevate an anachronistic, sanitized, “politically correct” narrative that both excused and justified the actions of the secessionists in terms other than the ones they themselves used. History and Political Science. By the end of Novembereven before seceding, Mississippi moved to send out commissioners to other slave states; Alabama followed suit in December.

I do think the Confederates were wrong, but I doubt that admitting that will actually make things better in this country. English Choose a language for shopping. He perfectly weaves together primary and secondary sources to create an astounding work of scholarly merit. disuinon

Dew, is so horrified by the racism, yet hardly mentions how slavery was highly profitable and therefore was the key to prestige and political cahrles.