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Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859

Elizabeth R. Varon


In the decades of the early republic, Americans debating the fate of slavery often invoked the specter of disunion to frighten their opponents. As this book shows, “disunion” connoted the dissolution of the republic—the failure of the founders' effort to establish a stable and lasting representative government. For many Americans in both the North and the South, disunion was a nightmare, a cataclysm that would plunge the nation into the kind of fear and misery that seemed to pervade the rest of the world. For many others, however, it was seen as the main instrument by which they could achieve ... More

Keywords: slavery, disunion, founders, North, South, gender, secession crisis, Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832325
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807887189_varon


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth R. Varon, author