Charles B. Dew. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Charlottesville and London: University Press of. Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Front Cover. Charles B. Dew. University Press of Virginia, Apostles of Disunion has ratings and 70 reviews. Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil.

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Oct 08, Sylvia McIvers rated it liked it Shelves: Having gained the presidency inthe Republicans would surely abolish slavery in Washington DC and the territories, send abolitionist officials into the South, end the ban on mailing abolitionist publications to Southern addresses, disunjon thus incite the South’s slaves to rebellion.

Racial rhetoric did not advance much in the South between andas the same arguments that got trotted around the dog and drw show for secession were also used by racists in the 20th century against integration. May 30, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: Freehling, and The Road to Disunion: Dew tries to mitigate this by discussing how he is a son of the South, but he is here to tell you he has seen the light, and believes that if we ot not condemn the Confederacy then racial justice will be impossible.

Addressing topics still hotly debated among historians and the public at large more than a century and a half after the Civil War, the book offers a compelling and clearly substantiated argument that slavery and race were at the heart of our great national crisis.

Dew finds in the commissioners’ brutally candid rhetoric a stark white supremacist ideology that proves the contrary. It is a sobering thing to see the same script being followed for the same goal of rebellion, a way of demonstrating the continuing relevance of the American Civil War even in seemingly unrelated issues. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

Dew, is so horrified by the racism, yet hardly mentions how slavery was highly profitable and therefore was the key to prestige and political power. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


Despite all arguments to the contrary, these sources clearly point to the preservation of white supremacy was the major rallying point of these commissioners. I take another star away because he sets up a straw man spostles stating that modern-day apologists for the south claim that slavery played no role in starting the Civil War. I appreciated his inclusion of the entirety of two of the documents upon which he places great emphasis, as it allowed me to see the full context from which Dew was drawing quotations.

This is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. A bit repetitive too. Apostless also thought that the freeing of slaves would decimate their economic progress. Any questions about reasons for This is a must-read for anyone drw claims slavery was not the primary cause of the Civil War.

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This is a great perspective on the rhetoric that swirled around the debate as to whether the Southern states should secede from the Union. Questions must be on-topic, written with proper grammar usage, and understandable to a wide audience.

One person found this helpful. They repeatedly espoused the view that the Southern states must disassociate themselves from the Union, or face apostled complete breakdown of their society.

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It was not charkes moral dispute. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. Aug 05, Jim Netzband rated it really liked it Shelves: The role of these commissioners is largely unknown, which is a huge omission in Civil War history. It does not necessarily follow, though, that the North bore no racial prejudice in as southern states looked to dissolve their bonds of union. The vharles party would eventually add enough new free western states to the Union to abolish slavery by Constitutional amendment, and thus open the door to race war and horror of horrors interracial marriage in the South.


Apostlex in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. There is a sense in which the second and third answers are correct.

Here we find in the secessionists very own words the true irrefutable reason for the cause of the Civil War. I would say it is wor This charlew just okay. Dew incorporates primary sources and secondary sources coherently and intricately throughout his text. Dew provides insight by sharing original source material showing the South’s real concern.

In a very real sense, to live in the United States, North or South, disubion December of was to live in a racially charged world with attitudes about the purposes, limits, and possibilities of racial equality incomprehensible to this present age.

And what they argued is that secession was the only way to protect slavery from the Republicans, who planned to destroy it and white Southerners at the same time. Proof of this inevitably they claimed, was clearly represented by the election of Abraham Lincoln, over three other more moderate candidates, each of which would have been at least palatable to the South.

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. To ask other readers questions about Apostles of Disunionplease sign up. After all, if the Rebels were evil racists, then they do not even deserve cemetery monuments, much less public ones. Overall, it is a book that brings the reader back to the reality of secession and in-depth glimpse into history.

While lip service was occasionally given to “state’s rights” and against “overweening federal power,” these commissioners were brutally honest that what they most desired was to preserve slavery as a way of life and as a political economy.