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Literary Cultures of the Civil War ed. by Timothy Sweet (review)

Literary Cultures of the Civil War ed. by Timothy Sweet (review) and impose an “acknowledgement of inferiority” (181). But Calhoun’s explanations fell short of asserting that the territories had intrinsic value for the South. And southern independence, even had it been maintained, would have forfeited any hope for new slave territory. The Slaveholding Crisis nicely complements Matthew Karp’s This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy (2016) and related studies that foreground the expansion issue. But it could better engage with Freehling, who depicts the sequel to Lincoln’s election as an extraordinary and unpredictable departure rather than a logical sequel to trends that had built for decades. Paulus pays surprisingly scant attention to Freehling’s two-volume masterpiece, the most impor- tant history of the Old South ever published. If Paulus thinks Freehling shortchanged a key part of the story, he should say so. Did the white southerners fear something that might really have hap- pened? Did the enslaved see any advantage in resorting to violent resis- tance? As this review may suggest, Paulus raises questions that remain unresolved. Daniel W. Crofts notes 1. The Diary of Edmund Ruffin, ed. William Kauffman Scarborough, 3 vols. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1972–89). 2. William E. Gienapp, The Origins http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Literary Cultures of the Civil War ed. by Timothy Sweet (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 7 (4) – Oct 31, 2017

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and impose an “acknowledgement of inferiority” (181). But Calhoun’s explanations fell short of asserting that the territories had intrinsic value for the South. And southern independence, even had it been maintained, would have forfeited any hope for new slave territory. The Slaveholding Crisis nicely complements Matthew Karp’s This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy (2016) and related studies that foreground the expansion issue. But it could better engage with Freehling, who depicts the sequel to Lincoln’s election as an extraordinary and unpredictable departure rather than a logical sequel to trends that had built for decades. Paulus pays surprisingly scant attention to Freehling’s two-volume masterpiece, the most impor- tant history of the Old South ever published. If Paulus thinks Freehling shortchanged a key part of the story, he should say so. Did the white southerners fear something that might really have hap- pened? Did the enslaved see any advantage in resorting to violent resis- tance? As this review may suggest, Paulus raises questions that remain unresolved. Daniel W. Crofts notes 1. The Diary of Edmund Ruffin, ed. William Kauffman Scarborough, 3 vols. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1972–89). 2. William E. Gienapp, The Origins

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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