Secession in the South

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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5 Responses

  1. Mark Rawls says:

    Henry T. Shanks, The Secession Movement in Virginia 1847-1861. I have the AMS edition published in 1971, which is a reprint of a 1934 edition, which as I recall was a flushing out of a Ph.D. thesis. Doesn’t seem to be available on Google Books from a quick search.

    The book (as you may have guessed from the title) focuses mainly on Virginia, but there are some comparisons with other southern states, principally South Carolina.

  2. Edward Still says:

    There is also a book on “evangelists” sent by seceding states to other slave-holding states to convince them to join in the secession movement. I cannot think of the name of it, but I may have a copy of it.

  3. CT says:

    This might have to be approached state by state. For instance, see documents compiled in Secession Debated: Georgia’s Showdown in 1860 edited by William W. Freehling and Craig M. Simpson. There are collections of house/senate journals for several states at (see “Secession” under Subjects)

    This might be promising, but I’m not familiar with it:
    Ralph A. Wooster, The Secession Conventions of the South (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1962)

  4. Daniel says:

    Edward is thinking of Charles Dew’s Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War. I haven’t read it, so I can’t say how useful it might be to you.

  5. elektratig says:

    You might take a look at some of the books mentioned at the very end of the post linked below. Unfortunately all the links in the post seem to have become corrupted, but you should be able to find the books with a quick search of Amazon. Charles Dew’s fine book is included.