The Call For A Revised Study On Secession

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The call for a revised study on secession come from one of the leading historians in Walter L. Buenger’s article, “Secession Revisited: The Texas Experience.” Buenger argues there exists an extensive amount of studies on secession, but the focus of these studies centers on individual states actions, “no one has attempted to synthesize these works and write a history of secession for the entire South.” He asserts that Texas could serve as a model if someone conducted a synthesize study of secession for the entire South. Buenger supports this claim utilizing Terry Jordan study previously mentioned above study on “Upper and Lower South,” by outlining the attributes (culture, economic, and political ideologies) of those found in Texas compared to the attributes found in the Upper and Lower Southern states. Key to his analysis is his detailed description of the four political factions’ found in Texas. Radical separatists, a small group wanting to secede immediately, shared the Lower South culture and ideology of defending Southern rights. They believe the responsibility of the nation centers on protecting “the rights and property of the individuals.” Moderate secessionists shared the Lower South Democratic party characteristics, of the “slaveholding and cotton growing culture.” These moderates’ also included some wheat growers from the Upper South and Germans living in close proximity to the cotton growers that supported secession. Moderate unionists shared
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