PDF/EBOOK Days of Defiance Sumter Secession and the Coming of the Civil War

Math Basics 6 eRned that once Lincoln waslected the South seceded This book delves into the period right before the lection the 4 candidates and how the vote went the inability of President Buchanan to keep the country unified the attempts to negotiate and finally the Ft Sumter battle that got the war goingWell written and a great deal of info new Many of the states such as Virginia had a hard time leaving the Union Virginia had many leaders who were strong Unionists and the convention to secede took 17 rounds of voting before the vote to secede was officialThere were options put forth as well The South was demanding new slave states and the North Agreed To Let New Mexico In As to let New Mexico in as slave state for the very reason that leading xperts said that ven if slavery were legal there would not be any as cotton could not grow Another option was to have 2 presidents This clearly did not go far Secretary Seward suggested with utmost seriousness the importance of declaring war on England France or Spain as a way to keep the Southern states loyal Everyone viewed his thoughts on this as wackyInteresting time Out with one Of The Most Corrupt Presidents the most corrupt presidents with one of the most beloved I became obsessed with the Civil War in junior high after watching the miniseries North and South and have since then read books than I can remember on the topic But this volume deals with a weak spot in my knowledge that I didn t ven realize was so incomplete I ve always thought of the outbreak of war in terms of 1Lincoln s lection 2South Carolina s succession 3the fall of Fort Sumper That s correct but oh so simplified Days of Defiance spends 400 plus pages fleshing out that outline While a lot of it was interesting I would have been happy with 200 pages The middle section of the book goes into great detail about all the different negotiations taking place in the Senate and House as they tried to reach some sort of compromise that would keep the country together Of greater interest to me was learning about the infighting in Lincoln s cabinet the perceptions of the London Times reporter William Howard Russell and the details about all the communication faux pas that complicated the months leading up to warI actually chose to read this book in preparation for my upcoming trip to Charleston so I was most interested in the parts of Days of Defiance that narrated vents within South Carolina I ll be visiting Fort Sumter so I loved learning all about the siege 35 stars I was interested in this book because of my recent visit to Charleston and Fort Sumter The book covers Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential events in the US just prior to and including April 1861 when the Confederacy decided to bombard the Federal fort in Charleston Harbor It is a detailed look at thevents politics factionalism and the people who influenced those vents Slavery was of course the major issue But It Was Overshadowed it was overshadowed by the issue of secession along with the the attendant roles of the Federal government and states rights It was interesting to get the perspective of the London Times reporter William Russell as he was able to give a somewhat unbiased review of vents as they unfolded The Southern oligarchy hated northerners New Englanders and abolitionists in particular and likewise no. His country has Humanism ever faced With a masterfulye for telling detail Maury Klein provides fascinating new insights into the period from the lection of Abraham Lincoln to the shelling of Fort SumterKlein brings the key players in the tragedy unforgettably to life from the vacillating lame duck President Buchanan to the taciturn This book gives a surprisingly readable detail of the vents leading up to Fort Sumter From beatings in the halls of Congress to the riotous streets of Charleston SC this book begins the journey which would ultimately lead to what I consider to be the one of the defining moments in our nation s history I love the Civil War AND I DON T BELIEVE YOU CAN COMPREHEND THE I don t believe you can comprehend the xperience without an understanding of the Civil WarVerily thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina which will ultimately terminate in the death and misery of many souls Doctrine and Covenants 871 Days of Defiance tells the story of the lead up to the Civil War primarily in Washington DC and Charleston South Carolina The story is told from the perspective of many of the main participants of the political battles and last minute negotiations to prevent a war from starting at that point Klein s writing alternated from being fluid and readable to confusing and overblown with period vocabulary The sheer volume of detailed names and anecdotes nded up overwhelming me with facts and the transitions from politicians to Mary Chestnut s journal ntries were freuently jarring This is a great secondary source for students of the times but I did not see it as an asy read for the non history buff A readable fast moving history of the secession crisis and the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter Klein describes all of the various political maneuvering and strategic debates in the North and the South in a well paced readable fashionKlein is primarily concerned with the forts crisis in Charleston and describes vents here in an ngaging lively way Despite compromise proposal after compromise proposal both short and long term the northern Republicans would not budge regarding the Wanton Nights extension of slavery and likewise the South saw the loss of its hold on the presidency as a threat to its own institutions namely slavery These die hard positions made thingsxceedingly difficult for those inclined to compromise For many secession was a direct threat to the very concept of republican government Needless to say the whole tone of the narrative has a grim almost fatalistic tone Secession Klein writes was not an arcane concept that southerners only rarely considered but a deliberate threat that they took pretty damn seriously a house wine always on but a deliberate threat that they took pretty damn seriously a house wine always on in Klein s wordsKlein brings a lot of characters into this story but he often only refers to them later he ll introduce so and so briefly in this section and then mention their actual actions in detail much later which can get a little confusing at times The descriptions of some of these characters seem While My Soldier Serves excessive anntire chapter is dedicated to the personal lives of some minor South Carolina figures Klein also calls the North s theories of a Great Slave Conspiracy in which wily southern interests supported the Kansas Nebraska Act to gain a foothold for slavery in free territory absurd although there is some truth to this Buchanan for xample attempted to influence Supreme Court justice Grier to go along with the southern majority on the Dred Scott caseA well researched compelling and dramatic history How often have we lea. Illuminating and well written Deserves a place in the highest ranks of Civil War scholarship The Cleveland Plain DealerIn November 1860 telegraph lines carried the news that Abraham Lincoln had been lected president Over the next five months the United States drifted stumbled and finally plunged into the most destructive war Rtherners hated the southern oligarchs Southerners had ruled Congress for years but were losing their grip They knew their days were numbered and big changes DETRIMENTAL TO THEIR WAY OF LIFE to their way of life forthcoming by the time Lincoln and the Republicans won the 1860 ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe election Russell believed that the North would win the war because they had the manufacturing infrastructure He thought southerners were delusional in thinking that they would gain Britain as an ally because of King Cotton win the war andstablish Montgomery Alabama as their new country s commercial center similar to New York City As it turns out he was correct Bravado machismo and silly pride played huge roles Southern culture was based on the superior compared to blacks southern gentleman s divine right to own slaves not a good basis The book also provided insight into the precarious situation that US Major Robert Anderson the commander of US forces at Ft Sumter navigated with courage Anderson was a southerner and was pro slavery but duty to country came first At the time the Confederacy decided to start the war Anderson and his soldiers were down to only about three days of food and would have had to abandon the fort anyway With one very clever message sent to South Carolina S Governor Just Days governor just days the bombardment President Lincoln put the onus of starting the war on the Confederacy Lincoln also sent ships to bring relief to the fort the Confederacy started shelling the fort from all sides just as US ships were gathering to cross the bar into the harbor The book could get tedious at times as there is a lot of detail but I found it to be insightful An The Fiend Next Door excellent back and forth view of Southern and Northern personalities that led to the firing on Sumter It covers the period between Lincoln slection and that vent I left once persuaded that although the immediate cause of the war was about a state s right to leave the union the underlying cause was always slavery When I was an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island professor Klein assigned his own book for his Civil War class thus I was already turned off while going into the reading However the story was incredibly interesting and I loved the way he presented it The academic historian in me was reluctant at first for take heed this is a popular history book The whole thing read as AN EXCITING NOVEL THAT I COULD exciting novel that I could not put down Truth be told I was ntertained and I loved it Style of this very well researched book with lots of details in the correspondence Amazed at the intricate timelining that Klein used keeping track of all the vents and communications in this 4 month period Reviews of this book as novel like were accurate as you did seem to get a sense of the historic characters and what made them tick Interesting that the book seemed to be so harsh on Mary Chesnut as though to intentionally debunk the image of her in Ken Burns documentary Anyway the detailed account of the months between 1860 lection and Fort Sumter and all the potential doors that were closed between sides was very fascinating Not just one of the best books you ll The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 ever read about the complicated period leading up to the Civil War but one of the best history books you llver read period. Lusive and relatively unknown Abraham Lincoln; from Secretary of State Seward carrying on his own private negotiations with the South to Major Robert Anderson sitting in his island fortress awaiting reinforcements Never has this immensely significant moment in our national story been so intelligently of so spellbindingly relate. ,

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