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The Road to Disunion: Volume II: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861

The Road to Disunion: Volume II: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861

It is one of the great questions of American history-why did the Southern states bolt from the Union and help precipitate the Civil War? Now, acclaimed historian William W. Freehling offers a new answer, in the final volume of his monumental history The Road to Disunion.

Prologue: Yancey’s Rage

PART I - BETTER ECONOMIC TIMES GENERATE WORSE DEMOCRATIC DILEMMAS

Chapter 1: Democracy and Despotism, 1776–1854: Road, Volume I, Revisited

Chapter 2: Economic Bonanza, 1850–1860

PART II - THE CLIMACTIC IDEOLOGICAL FRUSTRATIONS

Chapter 3: James Henry Hammond and the Unsolvable Proslavery Puzzle

Chapter 4: The Three Imperfect Solutions

Chapter 5: The Puzzling Future and the Infuriating Scapegoats

PART III - THE CLIMACTIC POLITICAL FRUSTRATIONS

Chapter 6: Bleeding Kansas and Bloody Sumner

Chapter 7: The Scattering of the Ex-Whigs

Chapter 8: James Buchanan’s Precarious Election

Chapter 9: The President-Elect as the Dred Scotts’ Judge

Chapter 10: The Climactic Kansas Crisis

Chapter 11: Caribbean Delusions

Chapter 12: Reopening the African Slave Trade

Chapter 13: Reenslaving Free Blacks

PART IV - JOHN BROWN AND THREE OTHER MEN COINCIDENTALLY NAMED JOHN

Chapter 14: John Brown and Violent Invasion

Chapter 15: John G. Fee and Religious Invasion

Chapter 16: John Underwood and Economic Invasion

Chapter 17: John Clark and Political Invasion

PART V - THE ELECTION OF 1860

Chapter 18: Yancey’s Lethal Abstraction

Chapter 19: The Democracy’s Charleston Convention

Chapter 20: The Democracy’s Baltimore Convention

Chapter 21: Suspicious Southerners and Lincoln’s Election

PART VI - SOUTH CAROLINA DARES

Chapter 22: The State’s Rights Justification

Chapter 23: The Motivation

Chapter 24: The Tactics and the Tacticians

Chapter 25: The Triumph

Coda: Did the Coincidence Change History?

PART VII - LOWER SOUTH LANDSLIDE, UPPER SOUTH STALEMATE

Chapter 26: Alexander Stephens’s Fleeting Moment

Coda: Did Stephens’s and Hammond’s Personalities Change History?

Chapter 27: Southwestern Separatists’ Tactics and Messages

Chapter 28: Compromise Rejected

Chapter 29: Military Explosions

Chapter 30: Snowball Rolling

Chapter 31: Upper South Stalemate

Chapter 32: Stalemate—and the South—Shattered

Coda: How Did Slavery Cause the Civil War?

Notes