Saturday, February 2, 2019

Booknotes: North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession

New Arrival:
North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession by Steve M. Miller (Arcadia Pub & The Hist Press, 2019).

Examining the period between the turbulent political schisms of the 1850s and the beginning of the Civil War, Steve Miller's North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession highlights the efforts of prominent Tarheel moderates to advance compromise and stave off secession. Major figures discussed in the book include George Edmund Badger, John Adams Gilmer, William Alexander Graham, John Motley Morehead, David Lowry Swain, Zebulon Baird Vance, and Jonathan Worth. From the description: "William Alexander Graham helped broker the Compromise of 1850. John Motley Morehead and Jonathan Worth led the campaign against secession in early 1861. Most continued to serve their state under the Confederacy. Although Zebulon B. Vance opposed secession, he served in the Confederate army and as governor of the state during the Civil War."

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