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Lincoln and the Decision for WarThe Northern Response to Secession$
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Russell McClintock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831885

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807886328_mcclintock

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Everybody Now Is for the Union: April–May

Everybody Now Is for the Union: April–May

(p.254) Chapter 10 Everybody Now Is for the Union: April–May
Lincoln and the Decision for War

Gary W. Gallagher

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the negative response of Northerners to South Carolina's seizure of Fort Moultrie and the other federal defenses at Charleston, and the fury they felt with the attack on the Star of the West. Passionate differences over slavery's extension and fugitive slaves, compromise, and coercion had disintegrated in a burst of patriotism, a reaction grounded in the near-universal perception of unreasonable, unprovoked aggression on the part of the Palmetto State. President Buchanan, however, had retreated from his bold stance, conciliatory leaders in Congress had led a resurgent procompromise campaign, time had passed with no further excitement, and the groundswell of nationalist unity faded as quickly as it rose.

Keywords:   Northerners, South Carolina, Fort Moultrie, Charleston, slavery's extension

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