By Manisha Sinha

During this complete research of politics and beliefs in antebellum South Carolina, Manisha Sinha deals a provocative new examine the roots of southern separatism and the explanations of the Civil struggle. tough works that painting secession as a struggle for white liberty, she argues as a substitute that it was once a conservative, antidemocratic flow to guard and perpetuate racial slavery.

Sinha discusses many of the significant sectional crises of the antebellum era--including nullification, the clash over the growth of slavery into western territories, and secession--and bargains an incredible reevaluation of the flow to reopen the African slave alternate within the 1850s. within the procedure she finds the vital function performed through South Carolina planter politicians in constructing proslavery ideology and using states' rights and constitutional idea for the safety of slavery.

Sinha's paintings underscores the need of integrating the heritage of slavery with the normal narrative of southern politics. purely by way of considering the political value of slavery, she insists, will we arrive at an entire knowing of southern politics and the enormity of the problems confronting either northerners and southerners at the eve of the Civil War.

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