Secessionist Conventions

Lately I’ve gotten interested in reading the resolutions and debates of the Southern Conventions that met in 1860-61 and voted to secede from the Union. While some of this material is available online, I’m wondering if anyone knows of a good book or article compilation of these sources.

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4 Responses

  1. Scott says:

    1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart is a great intro into this. It is not a specifically about the secessionist conventions but it does discuss how each state did it differently, some by resolution, some by referendum, and some by state statute. It is a great book. I highly recommend it.

  2. Bruce Boyden says:

    I don’t have exactly what you’re looking for but have found the Disunion blog’s coverage of these events to be really interesting. Start about here:

  3. If anyone knows, it would be my friend and historian Steve Teeft. You can contact him through his museum’s website, http://EchoesThroughTime.Com

  4. Joan Shaughnessy says:

    G. Edward White at Virginia is working on these issues and has a book forthcoming. His Law and History lecture here at Washington and Lee was a terrific introduction. You might want to be in touch with him.