Quite often the South is portrayed as a monolith – a rigid government that brooked no dissent and forced the poor to carry the burden of a rich man’s fight – and while the casualty lists carried a disproportionate number of poor names it also carried the names of the first families south of the Mason-Dixon line. In reality it was in the north that Lincoln suspended habeas corpus, imprisoned his opponents including a member of the Democratic ticket of 1864 and ignored any ruling of the Supreme Court he did not agree with. These two books give vivid evidence that the traditions of Washington and Jefferson were alive and well in Dixie long after the voices of dissent had been stifled in the north.
Southern unionist pamphlets and the Civil War edited by Jon L. Wakelyn Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c 1999 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xiii, 392 p. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
During the Civil War, many southerners expressed serious opposition to secession and openly entreated their fellow southerners to maintain support for the Union. A number of these unionists actively opposed the Confederacy while remaining within its borders; others fled their homes and the South, becoming exiles in northern cities and the border slave states.
The southern unionist leaders used their oral and written communication skills to proclaim their opposition to the Confederacy, often producing pamphlets that circulated in the North, in the border states, and in the heart of the Confederacy itself. Jon L. Wakelyn unites the voices of these southern unionists in the first comprehensive collection of their written arguments — Southern Unionist Pamphlets and the Civil War.
Including eighteen pamphlets and a discussion of twenty-two others, this book provides a representation of the southern unionists and their concerns. Written between 1861 and 1865, the pamphlets were compiled by local and national political leaders, including three federal congressmen and future vice president and president Andrew Johnson, as well as concerned private citizens and members of the military and clergy. Except for Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, all Confederate and border slave states are represented in this collection.
The topics discussed and the events described in the pamphlets cover a wide range of subjects. The authors discuss their motivation to remain loyal to the union, the actions of their friends and enemies, the perilous life of unionists behind military lines, their continued support for the federal government, and their hopes for a restored Union. Aware that their northern allies would read these pamphlets, the unionists also wrote to solicit northern aid, to renew efforts to defeat the Confederacy, and to gain sympathy for the plight of their people behind enemy lines.
A remarkable collection of primary source material, Southern Unionist Pamphlets and the Civil War provides the most detailed study of the internal resistance to the Confederacy available to date.
A South divided : portraits of dissent in the Confederacy David C. Downing Nashville, Tenn. : Cumberland House, c 2007 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 240 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-233) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG