Monthly Archives: May 2011

More Fear of Slave Revolts

The weeks preceding the attack on Fort Sumter saw a rise in the fear of slave revolts in the South, a reality already documented in Civil War Emancipation (see the editions of February 26, March 22, and April 14). This apprehension … Continue reading

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William Lloyd Garrison: The War–Its Cause and Cure

It is striking that the writing of abolitionists in the early days of the Civil War often are zealously insightful. Despite being largely reviled figures at the time, even in the North, they had the best handle on what the nascent … Continue reading

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Ed Ayers on Civil War Causes

This past Thursday’s Disunion in the New York Times has an interesting but disturbing piece by Edward L. Ayers, President of the University of Richmond, and noted historian of the Civil War and the American South, entitled “The Causes of the Civil … Continue reading

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