Apostles Of Disunion Summary

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November 25th 2017 Book Review: Apostles of Disunion by Charles B Dew.

Charles B Dew, PHD, a winner of Fletcher Pratt Prize from the Civil War Round table of New York for two of his books: Apostles of Disunion and Iron maker to the confederacy, is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. A son of the south. His book Apostles of Disunion is a book in an attempt to analyze the question: why did the southern states went to secession? In his book, Dew explains why he is writing it and tries to answer (which I believe he does successfully) the question of was the secession due to state right or was the end motive the institution of slavery? The author clearly mentions that he is writing the book in
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He points to events such as the display of confederate symbols in different part of the south even in present day as an example. Dew examines the incidents where these symbols. In his examination Dew points that the neo confederates take pride in these symbols as their heritage while he recognizes other group which directly respond as “Your heritage is my Slavery”. Dew acknowledges that the cause of civil war is not just one issue. To identify the causes, he accounts a deep examination of the speeches given by southern commissioners in the deep south in late 1860-early 1861.
Dew describes the secession commissioners as the appointees by the state who were instructed to travel to other states and spread the secessionist message across the entire region. The author clarifies that these commissioners often explained in detail why their states was exiting the union.
Dew supports his claim that the secession commissioners talked more openly about the issue of white supremacy and slavery than the present neo confederates. On page 70 of the book he quotes, ““Virginians need to look no farther than their northern border for their most recent manifestation of Yankee fanaticism. John Brown and his followers had brazenly “proclaimed the intention of abolishing slavery by the annihilation of slaveholders.” There could be no doubt, he continued “that the conflict between slavery and non-slavery is a conflict for life and death.”
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