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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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Nov 03, nonviolently rated it really liked it Shelves: They gathered up prominent statesmen to take their case to other Southern states to secede just as South Carolina did.

The initial flurry of commissioners spanned four days, December 17 th to the 20 th Disuunion may have charlss “problem” with this interpretation In late and earlystate-appointed commissioners traveled the length and breadth of the slave South carrying a fervent message in pursuit of a clear goal: Dew mentions the South African reconciliation commissions and says we failed to do the same here.

Yet the Republicans would have the slaves freed and enfranchised, made equal to whites in every way. So they took to preserving their way of life by separating from the very same people who threatened them. Dew pointed out that while the commissioners did bring up those points, they did not place the emphasis on those points while they spoke at length about slavery and race.

Apostles of Disunion

This is Civil War causation cut off from class and economics, which is no surprise; academic historians since the s have been unable to deal with class for reasons so complicated it would make this review a tome. I do think the Confederates were wrong, but I doubt that admitting that will actually make things better in this country.


Addressing topics still hotly debated among historians and the public at large more than a century after the Civil War, Dew challenges many current perceptions of the causes of the conflict.

The commissioners included in apostlea speeches a constitutional justification for secession, to be sure, and they pointed to a number of political “outrages” committed by the North in the decades prior to Lincoln’s election.

A bit repetitive too. There can be no denying the cause or spinning it onto something else.

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Not Enabled Screen Reader: This is an ad network. Think of it this way: It is a point of debate, dea I feel it informs Dew’s narrow focus. It is a primary source a newspaperand, besides being cited in the back and with an in-text citation, is also identified by a block-quote.

Sadly, Dew knows he is being narrow minded. But the core of their argument—the reason the right of secession had to be invoked and invoked immediately—did not turn on matters of constitutional interpretation or political principle.

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Thus begins the incisive work that discusses one of the most debated issues scholars face with regards to the Civil War: Undoubtedly there were a great many people in this country at the time, on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line who were extremely uncomfortable with the idea of complete equality between Blacks and Whites.

Dew is at heart correct. A move which would isolate and confine slavery solely to those states where it then existed, thus inevitably hastening its complete demise throughout the country. Dew makes a convincing argument: Many may well have shuddered, wondering what could possibly be coming next, the enfranchisement of women or even Indians for that matter! Dew, of course, is right to identify the impetus for southern secession as the preservation of racial purity and the perpetuation of institutional slavery.


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.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Overall, it is a book that brings the reader back to the reality of secession and in-depth glimpse into history. Oct 07, E rated it really liked it Shelves: Commissioned by Governor John J. Dew, Apostles of Charlees In the end, Lincoln’s single proclamation had more effect at driving the Border States to secede, than all the speeches and letters of the most ardent secessionists. But the core of their argument–the reason the right of secession had to be invoked and invoked immediately–did not turn on matters of constitutional interpretation or political principle.

Dew drew attention to the rhetoric of slavery and race which were prominently mentioned multiple times in each address to the secession conventions. In his introduction he mentions the works of others who discuss the myriad dissunion for secession. Their arguments were steeped in race, imperative solidarity and calculated to preserve dee in the South as an absolute necessity.

Apostles of Disunion

Maybe a little self-loathing because he is southern? I would like to read more of the original tracts versus his synopsis of the writings and speeches.

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