Orig. pub. Mobile, AL 1876. Reprinted 1975. Print on Demand Edition 2018. xv, 528 pp. Item #159
This is an important book for the study of the organization of political parties in the South, consisting in great measure of original material. Alabama was the cradle of the Confederacy and William Lowndes Yancey was the moving spirit of secession. The book concentrates on political factions in Alabama in the 1850s and includes many of Yancey's speeches. Other Gulf states enter the picture with the intrusion of the federal government. Early Indian problems are covered as are South Carolina's Nullification efforts. Particularly intriguing is the dialogue within the Cotton Belt regarding the Border States. The author is concerned with examining the reasons for the secession of the southwestern states with an aim of obliterating sectional misunderstanding. He considers factors leading to secession in the context of Alabama history and the events of national history leading up to the election of Lincoln and the subsequent adoption of the ordinance of secession in Montgomery.