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The Resource The U.S. Constitution & secession : a documentary anthology of slavery and White supremacy, edited by Dwight T. Pitcaithley ; foreword by Sanford Levinson

The U.S. Constitution & secession : a documentary anthology of slavery and White supremacy, edited by Dwight T. Pitcaithley ; foreword by Sanford Levinson

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The U.S. Constitution & secession : a documentary anthology of slavery and White supremacy
Title
The U.S. Constitution & secession
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a documentary anthology of slavery and White supremacy
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edited by Dwight T. Pitcaithley ; foreword by Sanford Levinson
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U.S. Constitution and secession
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eng
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  • "Five months after the election of Abraham Lincoln, which had revealed the fracturing state of the nation, Confederates fired on Fort Sumter and the fight for the Union began in earnest. This documentary reader offers a firsthand look at the constitutional debates that consumed the country in those fraught five months. Day by day, week by week, these documents chart the political path, and the insurmountable differences, that led directly--but not inevitably--to the American Civil War. At issue in these debates is the nature of the U.S. Constitution with regard to slavery. Editor Dwight Pitcaithley provides expert guidance through the speeches and discussions that took place over Secession Winter (1860-1861)--in Congress, eleven state conventions, legislatures in Tennessee and Kentucky, and the Washington Peace Conference of February, 1861. The anthology brings to light dozens of solutions to the secession crisis proposed in the form of constitutional amendments--90 percent of them carefully designed to protect the institution of slavery in different ways throughout the country. And yet, the book suggests, secession solved neither of the South's primary concerns: the expansion of slavery into the western territories and the return of fugitive slaves. What emerges clearly from these documents, and from Pitcaithley's incisive analysis, is the centrality of white supremacy and slavery--specifically the fear of abolition--to the South's decision to secede. Also evident in the words of these politicians and statesmen is how thoroughly passion and fear, rather than reason and reflection, drove the decision making process. "--
  • "The re-telling of the fateful five months between Lincoln's election and the firing on Fort Sumter that started the American Civil War is often compressed in order to get on with the dramatic story of the war itself. Designed as a documentary reader for college-level courses, Secession Revealed provides a treasure trove of primary sources that take readers day by day and week by week through the constitutional debates over slavery and slaveholders' rights that culminated in secession. Disagreements over the return of fugitive slaves, the protection of slavery in the western territories, and the carrying of slaves into free states and territories were the three major issues on the table. The inability of the country to resolve these different perceptions of constitutional authority and rights led to the secession of the South and the onset of war in the spring of 1861. Reader Tim Huebner said, "If there are any lessons the reader takes away from the editor's introduction, they are that slavery and white supremacy drove the South's decision to secede and that the decision making process involved a great deal more passion and fear than reason and reflection.""--
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non fiction
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bibliography
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1941-
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  • Pitcaithley, Dwight T.,
  • Levinson, Sanford
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  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Constitutional history
  • Secession
  • Slavery
  • United States
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  • Constitutional history
  • Politics and government
  • Secession
  • Slavery
  • War
  • Southern States
  • United States
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The U.S. Constitution & secession : a documentary anthology of slavery and White supremacy, edited by Dwight T. Pitcaithley ; foreword by Sanford Levinson
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
James Buchanan and John J. Crittenden -- Declarations of Secession -- U.S. House of Representatives, Journal of the Committee of Thirty-Three -- Proposals to Amend the U.S. Constitution -- Three Congressional Speeches
Control code
1022994275
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 364 pages
Isbn
9780700626250
Lccn
2018004097
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1022994275
Label
The U.S. Constitution & secession : a documentary anthology of slavery and White supremacy, edited by Dwight T. Pitcaithley ; foreword by Sanford Levinson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
James Buchanan and John J. Crittenden -- Declarations of Secession -- U.S. House of Representatives, Journal of the Committee of Thirty-Three -- Proposals to Amend the U.S. Constitution -- Three Congressional Speeches
Control code
1022994275
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 364 pages
Isbn
9780700626250
Lccn
2018004097
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1022994275

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