By Jon L. Wakelyn
The election of Abraham Lincoln as president in 1860 initiated a heated debate during the South approximately what Republican keep an eye on of the government may suggest for the slaveholding states. in the course of the secession main issue of the iciness of 1860-61, Southerners spoke out and wrote prolifically at the topic, publishing their perspectives in pamphlets that circulated extensively. those tracts constituted a neighborhood propaganda warfare within which Southerners vigorously debated how most sensible to react to political advancements at the nationwide point. during this worthwhile reference paintings, Jon Wakelyn has accumulated twenty consultant examples of this long-overlooked literature. even though the pamphlets replicate deep transformations of opinion over what Lincoln's intentions have been and the way the South should still reply, all point out the centrality of slavery to the Southern lifestyle and mirror a pervasive worry of racial unrest. extra ordinarily, the pamphlets exhibit a wealth of data concerning the South's political idea and self-identity at a defining second in American background. The twenty goods incorporated the following characterize the perspectives of leaders and opinion makers in the course of the slaveholding states and are totally annotated. an extra sixty-five pamphlets are indexed and in brief defined in an appendix.
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