Category Secession

White v. Hart

The citation for this case is 80 US [13 Wall] 646. This case originated in Georgia [35 GA Reports 270] From the facts of the case, on February 9, 1859 John R. Hart and W. D. Davis [Davis signing as security] signed a promissory note to William White Sr. for $1250 in payment for purchase […]

Why Did North Carolina Secede?

North Carolina was another Upper South state whose secession was delayed until after the firing on Fort Sumter. Slavery, while a major factor, didn’t have the same power as it did in the cotton states. One historian put it this way: “Since the soil of the state was not well suited for the growing of […]

Millard Fillmore’s forgotten role in the slavery debate

Most of us don’t know all that much about Millard Fillmore beyond the fact that he was President of the United States. I came across this post on his birthday, January 7. Like William H. Seward, Fillmore “was a protégé of the state Whig party leader, Thurlow Weed.” He was Zachary Taylor’s vice president in […]

FULL DOCUMENTARY: Mississippi’s War: Slavery and Secession | MPB

Here’s a video from Mississippi Public Broadcasting looking at Mississippi’s secession and the role slavery played in it, as well as Mississippi’s participation in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “State’s Rights vs Slavery? What was the motivating factor that lead to the conflict? Examine the reasons behind Mississippi’s decision to secede from the […]

Election of 1860 and Secession

Here’s one of my favorite historians, Professor Susannah Ural of the University of Southern Mississippi, showing off the southern accent that Northern girl has acquired while living in Hattiesburg and talking about the relation of the 1860 Election to secession. The video’s description reads, “University of Southern Mississippi professor Susannah Ural teaches a course on the […]

Slavery, Secession, and the Civil War

Here’s Professor Susan Schulten of the University of Denver giving a lecture on slavery and secession in her class on the Civil War Era. The video’s description reads, “History Professor Susan Schulten discussed the causes of America’s Civil War, including President Abraham Lincoln’s refusal to allow slavery to expand into new territories. Professor Schulten explained that Lincoln […]

Another Critique of Wilentz

Professor Daniel Crofts, the eminent professor of history at the College of New Jersey, added his critique of Professor Sean Wilentz’s article in the New York Times we previously discussed. Unfortunately, he’s also the latest to misinterpret what Professor Wilentz wrote. Professor Crofts writes, “The South insisted that ‘property in humans’ enjoyed national sanction, Wilentz argues, […]