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The Winter of Our Discontent

in The Constitution in Congress: Descent into the Maelstrom, 1829-1861

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226129167
eISBN:
9780226131160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226131160.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The Democratic Party split in two in 1860 over Southern demands for the endorsement of a territorial slave code. Five states had taken the first steps toward secession before Congress met in December ... More


Jefferson Davis, Horace L. Kent, and the Old South

Shearer Davis Bowman

in At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833926
eISBN:
9781469606248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895672_bowman.8
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, who began the secession winter of 1860–61 as a hesitant disunionist but came to endorse the decision to quit the Union as regrettable ... More


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