Review of Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion (2001)

702 Words Jul 7th, 2012 3 Pages
HI 4303 (Old South)

Hersey

11/22/10

Review of Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion (2001)

Charles B. Dew's Apostles of Disunion delves into the controversial topic of the causes of the Civil War and the secession of the states that eventually became the Confederate States of America. There are many accounts that point to defending states' rights as the primary cause of the Civil War. However, most people believe that slavery was the main and primary concern the deep South cited for seceding from the Union to form their own separate country focused on individual liberty and the progression of slavery in those states. Dew makes the point that searching for the cause for the Civil War is a search that continues to be debated
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Each Commissioners' speech contained numerous references to the abolition of slavery and the thought that following the abolition of slavery, the white race faced equality with African Americans, a race war that would eradicate their race, and the loss of the pure white bloodlines through the amalgamation between blacks and whites. Prior to the loss suffered in the Civil War, there was almost no mention of states' rights playing any significant role in the plans for secession. Mostly it was the advancement and protection of slavery in the deep South states. Dew takes great care in weaving the evidence to support the thoughts he is presenting with the actual explanation of the evidence. Apostles of Disunion was a very easily read book that was entertaining and educational. I was pleased to find that Dew placed all of the speeches in an Appendix for the reader to read and make his or her own judgements based on the information provided. Dew presented a conclusion to his thesis concisely and adequately. I found it interesting that while South Carolina was the first to actually secede from the Union, it was Mississippi and Alabama that first sent our Commissioners to spread the thoughts of secession. That was a fact that was good for stimulating my own internal musings about the time period and the desire for secession the Southern states had. I found it
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