Secessionist Impulse: Alabama and Mississippi in 1860 (Library of Alabama Classics)

Secessionist Impulse: Alabama and Mississippi in 1860 (Library of Alabama Classics)

By: William L. Barney (author)Paperback

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This is an outline of the economic crisis in the South based on the declining yields, increasing class stratification and higher slave prices. It supplies data on the property holdings and occupations of the elected representatives and finds the secessionists to be young, probably lawyers who were both ambitious and confident. Because the economic dislocation of the 1850s made people receptive to a rhetoric that emphasized conspiratorial abolitionists and almost paranoid fear of blacks and strangers, the politicians were able to persuade their constituents that a real crisis did exist and that secession was the only remedy.

About Author

William L. Barney is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author or editor of several books on American history, including Passage of the Republic and The Civil War and Reconstruction.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780817350895
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 386
  • ID: 9780817350895
  • ISBN10: 0817350896

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