John A. Quitman: Old South Crusader - Southern Biography Series (Paperback)Robert E. May (other)
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A fervent disciple of South Carolina ""radical"" John C. Calhoun's nullification theories, Quitman also gained notoriety as his region's most strident slavery imperialist. He articulated the case for new slaver territory, participated in the Texas Revolution, won national acclaim as a volunteer general in the Mexican War, and organised a private military, or ""filibustering"", expedition with the intent of liberating Cuba from Spanish rule and making the island a new slave state. In 1850, while governor of Mississippi during the California crisis, Quitman wielded his influence in a vain attempt to induce Mississippi secession. Later, in Congress, he marked out an extreme southern position on Kansas. Mississippi's most vehement ""fire-eater,"" Quitman played a significant role in the North-South estrangement that led to the American Civil War.
The first critical biography of this important figure, May's study sheds light on such current historical controversies as whether antebellum southerners were peculiarly militaristic or ""antibourgeois"" and helps illuminate the slave-master relations, mobility, intraregional class and geographic friction, partisan politics, and family customs of the Old South.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Number of pages: 584
Weight: 730 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 28 mm
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