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Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion-Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2001. In the late 1860s, The South was faced with the fear of equality with black slaves and extermination of their own rights because of the North and the new Republican president, Abraham Lincoln. The only way for the South to escape this devastating future of equality was to gain independence from the United States by seceding from the Union. This idea of secession was evident through the speeches given by the southern state commissioners. Their job was to spread this idea to the states that were undecided or questionable in their position of support for the predicted war. Their main arguments for secession can be summarized by three crucial points: racial equality, race war, and racial amalgamation. Dew was raised in a Confederate family, therefore he incorporates several secession commissioners’ speeches into the book to portray the southerners’ thoughts and experiences through the upbringing of the Civil War. He does this because he had a personal knowledge of the events that occurred during this time, and the common story of this upbringing usually expresses southerners in a negative manner.
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