Category Secession


This article by Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, came into my feed. I have a problem with “Revisionist” in the title, as all history is revisionist, but since he’s a sociologist and not a historian, and perhaps the editor came up with the title. we can […]

Virginia’s Civil War

This is a book of essays edited by Peter Wallenstein of Virginia Tech and Bertram Wyatt-Brown of the University of Florida. Published in 2005, it features some writings by established historians as well as what were then very young historians who are now established themselves. The book is divided into three parts: A section on […]

Our Acting Attorney General is a Constitutional Moron

According to this article, Matthew Whitaker, the unconstitutionally named acting Attorney General, believes it is possible for a state to nullify a Federal law. “Whitaker, whom President Donald Trump announced as acting attorney general on Wednesday after he fired Jeff Sessions, made the comments during a failed 2014 run for the Republican Senate nomination in […]

The Divided South, Democracy’s Limitations, and the Causes of the Peculiarly North American Civil War

This is another essay from the book, Why the Civil War Came, edited by Professor Gabor Boritt. William W. Freehling wrote this essay. Like the previous essay, I felt this was important enough to have its own blog post. Professor Freehling makes a comparison between ending slavery in the United States with ending slavery in other […]

The Political System and the Coming of the Civil War

This essay, “The Crisis of American Democracy: The Political System and the Coming of the Civil War,” comes to us from Professor William E. Gienapp and is part of a book of essays edited by Professor Gabor Boritt called Why the Civil War Came. I felt this essay deserved its own separate post because it has […]

One Nation Indivisible

This book by Professor Paul Nagel is more of a discussion about the belief in the Union rather than a history of the Union itself. In its earliest years, “The Union was no more sure than the tactics the United States used to defend itself. Union was, in fact, a stratagem for the occasion, as […]

U.S. Constitution and Secession

Here’s historian Dwight Pitcaithley, the former chief historian of the National Park Service, on his new book, The U.S. Constitution and Secession. This is a pretty good presentation. The introduction, by the way, is by my friend and blogging colleague, Nick Sacco of the U.S. Grant National Historic Site. The video’s description reads, “Dwight Pitcaithley is […]