- Series: A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press; 35242nd edition (March 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081392104X
- ISBN-13: 978-0813921044
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era) 35242nd Edition
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This incisive history should dispel the pernicious notion that the Confederacy fought the Civil War to advance the constitutional principle of states' rights and only coincidentally to preserve slavery.(The New York Times Book Review)
Dew has produced an eye-opening study....So much for states' rights as the engine of secession.(James McPherson The New York Review of Books)
Charles B. Dew offers a penetrating and incisive evaluation of secessionist ideology, with a clear eye to the priority of race over issues of constitutional rights. The principal source on which the book is built certainly appears neglected to me, and the source is worthy of exploitation: we have an opportunity here to see what Southerners said to each other and not what they said primarily to the North or to the world.(Mark E. Neely Jr., Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties and Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism)
With stunning clarity, Apostles of Disunion reminds us that race and slavery were at the center of the march toward secession. This small but powerful book should be required reading for all students of the Civil War.(Dwight T. Pitcaithley, Chief Historian, National Park Service)
Drawing on the records of secession commissioners, Charles B. Dew has provided a stunning analysis of the South’s decision to leave the United States, which brought on the Civil War. This is an important study, meticulously researched and convincingly argued. Especially now, when heated debates about the display of the Confederate flag and the historical meaning of Civil War reenactment strain the social fabric of the nation, this book is a must-read.(James Oliver Horton, author of The Landmarks of African American History)
About the Author
Charles B. Dew, W. Van Alan Clark Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences at Williams College, is the author of Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge and Ironmaker to the Confederacy: Joseph R. Anderson and the Tredegar Iron Works.
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Mr. Dew provides insight by sharing original source material showing the South's real concern. The commissioners of secession left no doubt about their real concern: the continued subjugation of the negro as property. Our "real" Soutern heritage! Review written br Georgia native.