Category Secession

Alexander Hamilton

This book by Ron Chernow is the basis for the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, Hamilton. So now you’re thinking, “Hey, isn’t this supposed to be about the Civil War?” Sure, and there’s a connection. In one of the few times he was right on the Ken Burns series, the novelist Shelby Foote said the Civil War […]

We Have the War Upon Us

This book by Professor William J. Cooper gives his interpretation of the beginning of the Civil War. In his Preface, he tells us, “Slavery and the political issues surrounding it occupy a central place in my account. Yes, the war ended slavery, and to most Americans of today it was fought for that cause. The […]

The U.S. Constitution and Secession

This book from Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley, the former Chief Historian of the National Park Service, contains primary sources regarding the secession crisis of 1860-1861. The documents include speeches in Congress, Declarations of Causes for Secession, reports of the US House of Representatives Committee of Thirty-three, the various proposals to amend the Constitution in order to […]


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 […]