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

By Michael D. Robinson

Many bills of the secession obstacle fail to remember the pointy political clash that happened within the Border South states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri. Michael D. Robinson expands the scope of this situation 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 published the region's deep dedication to slavery, disputed even if to depart the Union, and schemed to win sufficient aid 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 secure their extraordinary establishment.

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

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