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In the decades before the Civil War, Americans debating the fate of slavery often invoked the specter of disunion to frighten or discredit their opponents. According to Elizabeth Varon, disunion was a startling and provocative keyword in Americans' political vocabulary: it connoted the failure of the founders' singular effort to establish a lasting representative government. For many Americans in both the North and the South, disunion was a nightmare, the image of a cataclysm that would reduce them to misery and fratricidal war. For many others, however, threats, accusations, and intimations of disunion were instruments they could wield to achieve their partisan and sectional goals.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 17-27
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  1. PART I. 1789 – 1836
  2. pp. 29-29
  1. 1. The Language of Terrifying Prophecy: Disunion Debates in the Early Republic
  2. pp. 31-53
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  1. 2. We Claim Our Rights: The Advent of Abolitionism
  2. pp. 55-85
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  1. 3. Ruinous Tendencies: The Anti-Abolition Backlash
  2. pp. 87-124
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  1. PART II. 1837 – 1850
  2. pp. 125-125
  1. 4. The Idea Will Become Familiar: Disunion in the Era of Mass Party Politics
  2. pp. 127-164
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  1. 5. Oh for a Man Who Is a Man: Debating Slavery’s Expansion
  2. pp. 165-197
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  1. 6. That Is Revolution!: The Crisis of 1850
  2. pp. 199-231
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  1. PART III. 1851 – 1859
  2. pp. 233-233
  1. 7. Beneath the Iron Heel: Fugitive Slaves and Bleeding Kansas
  2. pp. 235-271
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  1. 8. To Consummate Its Boldest Designs: The Slave Power Confronts the Republicans
  2. pp. 273-304
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  1. 9. War to the Knife: Images of the Coming Fight
  2. pp. 305-335
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  1. EPILOGUE: The Rubicon Is Passed: The War and Beyond
  2. pp. 337-347
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 349-399
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 401-429
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 432-455
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469606200
Print ISBN
9780807832325
MARC Record
OCLC
405097257
Pages
472
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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