William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 08/12/2006 - 496 páginas
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IWilliam Lowndes Yancey (1814-63) was one of the leading secessionists of the Old South. In this first comprehensive biography, Eric H. Walther examines the personality and political life of the uncompromising fire-eater.

Born in Georgia but raised in the North by a fiercely abolitionist stepfather and an emotionally unstable mother, Yancey grew up believing that abolitionists were cruel, meddling, and hypocritical. His personal journey led him through a series of mentors who transformed his political views, and upon moving to frontier Alabama in his twenties, Yancey's penchant for rhetorical and physical violence was soon channeled into a crusade to protect slaveholders' rights.

Yancey defied Northern Democrats at their national nominating convention in 1860, rending the party and setting the stage for secession after the election of Abraham Lincoln. Selected to introduce Jefferson Davis in Montgomery as the president-elect of the Confederacy, Yancey also served the Confederacy as a diplomat and a senator before his death in 1863, just short of his forty-ninth birthday.

More than a portrait of an influential political figure before and during the Civil War, this study also presents a nuanced look at the roots of Southern honor, violence, and understandings of manhood as they developed in the nineteenth century.

 

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Índice

Introduction
1
Jordans Stormy Banks
4
Rebellion and Union
18
Flush Times and Bad Times in Alabama and South Carolina
38
Politician
56
Party and Honor
74
The Alabama Platform
92
Secessionist
113
Walker and Walker the League and the Letter
203
The Conventions of 1860
229
The Voice of the South
253
The Men and the Hours
274
In King Arthurs Court
296
Journeys Home
322
The Main Pillar of the Confederacy
342
Legacy
369

Creating the Leaven of Disunion
128
Public Man Private Life
145
A section of illustrations
168
Yancey and the House Divided
179
Notes
377
Bibliography
435
Index
461
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Eric H. Walther is associate professor of history at the University of Houston. He is author of The Fire-Eaters and The Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s.

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