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Union Indivisible: Secession and the Politics of Slavery in the Border South

Michael D. Robinson


Many accounts of the secession crisis overlook the sharp political conflict that took place in the Border South states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri. Michael D. Robinson expands the scope of this crisis to show how the fate of the Border South, and with it the Union, desperately hung in the balance during the fateful months surrounding the clash at Fort Sumter. During this period, Border South politicians revealed the region’s deep commitment to slavery, disputed whether or not to leave the Union, and schemed to win enough support to carry the day. Although these border states ... More

Keywords: secession, Border South, border states, Civil War, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, Unionism, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469633787
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael D. Robinson, author
University of Mobile