Catalogue


Roots of secession : slavery and politics in antebellum Virginia /
William A. Link.
imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2003.
description
xvii, 387 p. : ill.
ISBN
0807827711 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2003.
isbn
0807827711 (alk. paper)
contents note
A slave society : Virginia in the 1850s -- Boastful and belligerent champions of southern institutions : slavery and politics, 1851-1854 -- A uniform spirit of lawlessness : the problem of runaways -- A spirit of license in the guise of liberty : the survival of opposition, 1854-1856 -- The darkest and most perilous hours of our national existence : the deepening sectional crisis, 1856-1859 -- A black demon of fanaticism : Harpers Ferry and the election of 1860 -- To light the torch of servile insurrection : the secession crisis.
catalogue key
4794928
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Excerpts
Flap Copy
Link explores the politics of secession in Virginia, placing slaves and free blacks at the center of his story and arguing that their acts of resistance and rebellion had real political repercussions in the years before the Civil War.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-11-01:
In recent years the favorite theme of white southerners who revere the cause of the Confederacy is that the South fought the war of 1861-1865 not so much to preserve slavery, but to defend states rights. That line of argument is nonsense, say most historians. This book demonstrates conclusively that Virginia seceded because, after a decade of bitter and growing agitation over slavery, it no longer felt safe in the Union. Link (Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro) confines his narrative to the 1850s. He describes well the ways in which the issue of slavery first permeated the debates in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851 and later dominated the politics of that decade. He correctly gives much emphasis to John Brown's raid of 1859, to the presidential campaign of 1860, and to Abraham Lincoln's call for troops in April 1861. Two of his most interesting chapters describe Virginia in the 1850s and the growing defiance and lawlessness of slaves. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Z. Rabun emeritus, Emory University
Reviews
Review Quotes
"By linking slave behavior with the mounting sectional crisis in Virginia during the 1850s, William Link has opened up a fascinating new approach to studying the politics of the commonwealth in the years leading up to secession. (Charles B. Dew, Williams College)"
This item was reviewed in:
Choice, November 2003
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Long Description
Offering a provocative new look at the politics of secession in antebellum Virginia, William Link places African Americans at the center of events and argues that their acts of defiance and rebellion had powerful political repercussions throughout the turbulent period leading up to the Civil War.An upper South state with nearly half a million slaves--more than any other state in the nation--and some 50,000 free blacks, Virginia witnessed a uniquely volatile convergence of slave resistance and electoral politics in the 1850s. While masters struggled with slaves, disunionists sought to join a regionwide effort to secede and moderates sought to protect slavery but remain in the Union. Arguing for a definition of political action that extends beyond the electoral sphere, Link shows that the coming of the Civil War was directly connected to Virginia's system of slavery, as the tension between defiant slaves and anxious slaveholders energized Virginia politics and spurred on the impending sectional crisis.
Main Description
Offering a provocative new look at the politics of secession in antebellum Virginia, William Link places African Americans at the center of events and argues that their acts of defiance and rebellion had powerful political repercussions throughout the turbulent period leading up to the Civil War. An upper South state with nearly half a million slaves--more than any other state in the nation--and some 50,000 free blacks, Virginia witnessed a uniquely volatile convergence of slave resistance and electoral politics in the 1850s. While masters struggled with slaves, disunionists sought to join a regionwide effort to secede and moderates sought to protect slavery but remain in the Union. Arguing for a definition of political action that extends beyond the electoral sphere, Link shows that the coming of the Civil War was directly connected to Virginia's system of slavery, as the tension between defiant slaves and anxious slaveholders energized Virginia politics and spurred on the impending sectional crisis.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text studies the role of slaves and free blacks in the politics of secession in antebellum Virginia. It places African Americans at the centre of events and argues that their acts of rebellion had powerful political repercussions throughout the period prior to the Civil War.
Table of Contents
Illustrations and Maps
Tables
Preface
Introduction
Prologue
To Make Ourselves Slaves, That You May Defend Yours
Slavery and Constitutional Reform
A Slave Society: Virginia in the 1850s
Boastful and Belligerent Champions of Southern Institutions: Slavery and Politics, 1851-1854
A Uniform Spirit of Lawlessness: The Problem of Runaways
A Spirit of License in the Guise of Liberty: The Survival of Opposition, 1854-1856
The Darkest and Most Perilous Hours of Our National Existence: The Deepening Sectional Crisis, 1856-1859
A Black Demon of Fanaticism: Harpers Ferry and the Election ofp. 1860
To Light the Torch of Servile Insurrection: The Secession Crisis Epilogue. The Rending of Virginia
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem