A Union Indivisible: Secession and the Politics of Slavery by Michael D. Robinson PDF

By Michael D. Robinson

ISBN-10: 1469633787

ISBN-13: 9781469633787

Many bills of the secession drawback fail to remember the pointy political clash that came about within the Border South states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri. Michael D. Robinson expands the scope of this obstacle to teach how the destiny of the Border South, and with it the Union, desperately hung within the stability in the course of the fateful months surrounding the conflict at citadel Sumter. in this interval, Border South politicians printed the region's deep dedication to slavery, disputed even if to go away the Union, and schemed to win adequate help to hold the day. even supposing those border states contained fewer enslaved humans than the 11 states that seceded, white border Southerners selected to stay within the Union simply because they felt the choice top safe their strange establishment.

Robinson finds anew how the alternative for union used to be fraught with pain and uncertainty, dividing households and generating years of sour internecine violence. Letters, diaries, newspapers, and quantitative facts remove darkness from how, within the absence of a compromise payment, proslavery Unionists controlled to defeat secession within the Border South.

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