Secession Debated: Georgia's Showdown in 1860

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An examination of the importance and calibre of the debate in the Georgia state legislature over the question of secession from the Union in 1860. The text then widens its scope to cover the secession debate throughout the American South, and the arguments set forth on both sides of the issue.

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A collection of the seven surviving speeches and public letters of the greatest southern debate over disunion, providing today's reader with a unique window into a moment of American crisis.

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William W. Freehling is Singletary Professor of the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Prelude to Civil War, which won a Bancroft Prize in 1967, and The Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay, the first in a projected two-volume study, which won the Owsley Prize in 1991.

Craig M. Simpson is Professor of History at the University of Western Ontario and the author of A Good Southerner: The Life of Henry A. Wise of Virginia.

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