The Road to Disunion  


The Road to Disunion
Oxford University Press | December 5, 1991 | 656 pages
ISBN: 9780195072594

Far from a monolithic block of diehard slave states, the antebellum South was, in William Freehling's words, "a world so lushly various as to be a storyteller's dream." It was a world where Deep South cotton planters clashed with South Carolina rice growers, as Northern egalitarianism infiltrated border states already bitterly divided on key issues. It was the world of Jefferson Davis, John C.