The American Union: A British Inquiry Into the Right of Secession and the Causes of the Civil War
by James Spence
originally published in 1862
reprinted in 2015 by
The Confederate Reprint Company
paperback; 262 pages
Written by an impartial British observer of the so-called “irrepressible conflict” of 1861-1865, this volume traces the causes of the disruption of the Union to the inherent cultural, philosophical, and economic differences between North and South. He exposes the dangerous fanaticism of the New England Abolitionists and demonstrates the fallacies of the Northern arguments against the lawfulness of secession. Even though staunchly anti-slavery, the author concludes that “England is the natural ally of the South.” This book had a profound influence on the great Charles Dickens, and went through several editions in just four months, also being translated into French and German.
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