A Union Indivisible: Secession and the Politics of Slavery by Michael D. Robinson

By Michael D. Robinson

Many debts of the secession hindrance fail to remember the pointy political clash that came about within the Border South states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri. Michael D. Robinson expands the scope of this main issue to teach how the destiny of the Border South, and with it the Union, desperately hung within the stability through the fateful months surrounding the conflict at castle Sumter. in this interval, Border South politicians published the region's deep dedication to slavery, disputed even if to go away the Union, and schemed to win adequate help to hold the day. even though those border states contained fewer enslaved humans than the 11 states that seceded, white border Southerners selected to stay within the Union simply because they felt the choice most sensible secure their ordinary establishment.

Robinson finds anew how the alternative for union was once fraught with agony and uncertainty, dividing households and generating years of sour internecine violence. Letters, diaries, newspapers, and quantitative facts light up how, within the absence of a compromise payment, proslavery Unionists controlled to defeat secession within the Border South.

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