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At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis

Shearer Davis Bowman

Abstract

Why did eleven slave states secede from the Union in 1860–61? Why did the eighteen free states loyal to the Union deny the legitimacy of secession, and take concrete steps after Fort Sumter to subdue what President Abraham Lincoln deemed treasonous rebellion? This book seeks to answer these and related questions by focusing on the different ways in which Americans, North and South, black and white, understood their interests, rights, and honor during the late antebellum years. Rather than give a narrative account of the crisis, it takes readers into the minds of the leading actors, examining t ... More

Keywords: Union, secession, Fort Summer, Abraham Lincoln, rebellion, James Buchanan, Jefferson Davis, John Tyler, Martin Van Buren

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833926
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895672_bowman

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shearer Davis Bowman, author