Hardback
May 1, 2013
9781421408958
English
136
38781
8.50 Inches (US)
5.50 Inches (US)
0.66 Inches (US)
.65 Pounds (US)
$43.00 USD, £32.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Paperback / softback
May 1, 2013
9781421408965
English
136
38781
8.50 Inches (US)
5.50 Inches (US)
0.41 Inches (US)
.4 Pounds (US)
$22.95 USD, £17.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
May 1, 2013
9781421408972
9781421408958
English
136
38781
8.50 Inches (US)
5.50 Inches (US)
$22.95 USD, £17.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Secession Winter

When the Union Fell Apart

Politicians and opinion leaders on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line struggled to formulate coherent responses to the secession of the deep South states. The Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in mid-April 1861 triggered civil war and the loss of four upper South states from the Union. The essays by three senior historians in Secession Winter explore the robust debates that preceded these events.

For five months in the winter of 1860–1861, Americans did not know for certain that civil war was upon them. Some hoped for a compromise; others wanted a fight. Many struggled to understand what was happening to their country. Robert J. Cook, William L. Barney, and Elizabeth R. Varon take approaches to this period that combine political, economic, and social-cultural lines of analysis. Rather than focus on whether civil war was inevitable, they look at the political process of secession and find multiple internal divisions—political parties, whites and nonwhites, elites and masses, men and women. Even individual northerners and southerners suffered inner conflicts.

The authors include the voices of Unionists and Whig party moderates who had much to lose and upcountry folk who owned no slaves and did not particularly like those who did. Barney contends that white southerners were driven to secede by anxiety and guilt over slavery. Varon takes a new look at Robert E. Lee's decision to join the Confederacy. Cook argues that both northern and southern politicians claimed the rightness of their cause by constructing selective narratives of historical grievances.

Secession Winter explores the fact of contingency and reminds readers and students that nothing was foreordained.

About the Authors

Robert J. Cook is a professor of American history at the University of Sussex and author of Civil War Senator: William Pitt Fessenden and the Fight to Save the American Republic. William L. Barney is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Student Companion. Elizabeth R. Varon is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and author of Disunion! The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789–1859.

Reviews

"This slim but stimulating collection... deserves a wide audience."

- Jeremy Neely - Journal of Southern History

"[Secession Winter] should be attractive for use in undergraduate courses on the Civil War era."

- Stanley Harrold - The Historian
Johns Hopkins University Press
The Marcus Cunliffe Lecture Series
From 13 To 17

9781421408958 : secession-winter-cook-barney-varon
Hardback
136 Pages
$43.00 USD
9781421408965 : secession-winter-cook-barney-varon
Paperback / softback
136 Pages
$22.95 USD
9781421408972 : secession-winter-cook-barney-varon
Electronic book text
136 Pages
$22.95 USD

Other Titles by Robert J. Cook

Civil War Memories

Robert J. Cook
Nov 2017 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles from The Marcus Cunliffe Lecture Series

Animal Musicalities

Rachel Mundy
May 2018 - Wesleyan University Press
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$23.99 USD - Electronic book text

Music & Camp

Christopher Moore
Apr 2018 - Wesleyan University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$21.99 USD - Electronic book text

Resonances of Chindon-ya

Marié Abe
Jan 2018 - Wesleyan University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$22.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in HISTORY / United States / General

Challenging History

edited by Leah Worthington, Rachel Clare Donaldson, John W. White
Jul 2021 - University of South Carolina Press
$39.99 USD - book
$39.99 USD - ebook

The Long Civil War

edited by John David Smith, Ph.D., Raymond Arsenault, with contributions byMichael J. Birkner, Paul A. Cimbala, Stanley Harrold, James R. Hedtke, James Oliver Horton, Lois E. Horton, Daniel Kilbride, Diane Miller Sommerville, Stephen J....
Jul 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$45.00 USD - book
$45.00 USD - ebook
$45.00 USD - ebook

The Fabric of Empire

Danielle C. Skeehan
Dec 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$54.95 USD - Hardback
$54.95 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in History of the Americas

Hiking Washington's History, second edition

Judith M. Bentley, Craig Romano
Apr 2021 - University of Washington Press
$19.95 USD - book

Inside the US Navy of 1812–1815

William S. Dudley
Apr 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$54.95 USD - book
$54.95 USD - ebook

To Her Credit

Sara T. Damiano
Apr 2021 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$55.95 USD - book
$55.95 USD - ebook