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 motives of the Civil battle. demanding works that painting secession as a struggle for white liberty, she argues as a substitute that it used to be a conservative, antidemocratic circulate to guard and perpetuate racial slavery.
Sinha discusses the various 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 exchange within the 1850s. within the procedure she finds the valuable function performed by way of South Carolina planter politicians in constructing proslavery ideology and using states' rights and constitutional idea for the security of slavery.
Sinha's paintings underscores the need of integrating the historical past of slavery with the conventional narrative of southern politics. simply via making an allowance for the political value of slavery, she insists, will we arrive at an entire figuring out of southern politics and the enormity of the problems confronting either northerners and southerners at the eve of the Civil War.