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Cambridge Studies on the American South: Performing Disunion : The Coming of the Civil War in Charleston, South Carolina (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies on the American South: Performing Disunion : The Coming of the Civil War in Charleston, South Carolina (Paperback)

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Paperback 568 Pages / Published: 21/06/2018
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This book traces how and why the secession of the South during the American Civil War was accomplished at ground level through the actions of ordinary men. Adopting a micro-historical approach, Lawrence T. McDonnell works to connect small events in new ways - he places one company of the secessionist Minutemen in historical context, exploring the political and cultural dynamics of their choices. Every chapter presents little-known characters whose lives and decisions were crucial to the history of Southern disunion. McDonnell asks readers to consider the past with fresh eyes, analyzing the structure and dynamics of social networks and social movements. He presents the dissolution of the Union through new events, actors, issues, and ideas, illuminating the social contradictions that cast the South's most conservative city as the radical heart of Dixie.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316636213
Number of pages: 568
Weight: 900 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 36 mm


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'Written with flair, this highly original, richly detailed, and analytically acute book on secession in Charleston, South Carolina is one of the best accounts of disunion on the ground. A must-read for anyone interested in the social, cultural, political, material, and intellectual history of the Old South. It is micro-history at its best.' Manisha Sinha, author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina
'In this highly original, unusually conceived, unconventional, and deeply researched study, Lawrence T. McDonnell focuses a wide lens on Charleston life on the eve of Civil War, revealing the undercurrents, contradictions, and utter lunacy of the cradle of disunion. There is no other study of secessionism quite like Performing Disunion. McDonnell's book will become required reading for all those interested in the riddle of southern extremism.' William A. Link, University of Florida
'Written with flair, this highly original, richly detailed, and analytically acute book on secession in Charleston, South Carolina is one of the best accounts of disunion on the ground. A must-read for anyone interested in the social, cultural, political, material, and intellectual history of the Old South. It is micro-history at its best.' Manisha Sinha, author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina
'In this highly original, unusually conceived, unconventional, and deeply researched study, Lawrence T. McDonnell focuses a wide lens on Charleston life on the eve of Civil War, revealing the undercurrents, contradictions, and utter lunacy of the cradle of disunion. There is no other study of secessionism quite like Performing Disunion. McDonnell's book will become required reading for all those interested in the riddle of southern extremism.' William A. Link, University of Florida

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