Editors Make War: Southern Newspapers in the Secession Crisis

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Newspapers and Telegraphs Have Ruined the Country

IN mid- April 1860, virtually all newspapers of the future Confederate states believed in preserving the Union, provided that Southern "rights," as they conceived them, could be protected. One year later all but a handful of the same journals had endorsed the Confederacy. During most of the intervening twelve months the Southern press was divided on the question of secession. Papers which believed that the Union was salvageable held the upper hand in the pre-election period. But a combination of events -- notably the alleged abolitionist conspiracy in Texas, the election of Lincoln, the secession of South Carolina and the lower South, and the failure of compromise -- shifted the initiative to the disunion publicists and led to a gradual breakdown of Unionist journalism, until, with few exceptions, the press in eleven Southern states became a unit in favor of withdrawal.

On the whole, Unionist papers courageously defended the Union and stubbornly resisted the mounting pressures of the secessionists. Their efforts to maintain a reasonable approach in examining the issues contrasted sharply with

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Introduction 3
  • I - The Fire Will Glow Brighter and Brighter 12
  • II - Douglas and Anti-Douglas Ruined Every Thing 28
  • III - We Are Anxious to Holler For Somebody 52
  • IV - The Devil Quotes Scripture 76
  • V - By the Light Of The Texas Flames 97
  • VI - Prejudice Has Usurped The Place of Reason 118
  • VII - He Who Dallies Is a Dastard 139
  • VIII - The Great, Grand, Noble Deed is Done 161
  • IX - The Agony is Over 189
  • X - Newspapers and Telegraphs Have Ruined the Country 210
  • Appendix, Notes, Bibliography, Index 219
  • Appendix 221
  • Notes 231
  • Bibliography 277
  • Index 289
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