Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union

William W. Freehling Craig M. Simpson

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Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union

Showdown in Virginia The Convention and the Fate of the Union In the spring of Virginians confronted destiny their own and their nation s Pivotal decisions awaited about secession the consequences of which would unfold for a hundred years and But few Virg

  • Title: Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union
  • Author: William W. Freehling Craig M. Simpson
  • ISBN: 9780813929644
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the spring of 1861, Virginians confronted destiny their own and their nation s Pivotal decisions awaited about secession, the consequences of which would unfold for a hundred years and But few Virginians wanted to decide at all Instead, they talked, almost interminably The remarkable record of the Virginia State Convention, edited in a fine modern version in 1In the spring of 1861, Virginians confronted destiny their own and their nation s Pivotal decisions awaited about secession, the consequences of which would unfold for a hundred years and But few Virginians wanted to decide at all Instead, they talked, almost interminably The remarkable record of the Virginia State Convention, edited in a fine modern version in 1965, runs to almost 3,000 pages, some 1.3 million words Through the diligent efforts of William W Freehling and Craig M Simpson, this daunting record has now been made accessible to teachers, students, and general readers With important contextual contributions an introduction and commentary, chronology, headnotes, and suggestions for further reading the essential core of the speeches, and what they signified, is now within reach.This is a collection of speeches by men for whom everything was at risk Some saw independence and even war as glory others predicted ruin and devastation They all offered commentary of lasting interest to anyone concerned about the fate of democracy in crisis.

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    One thought on “Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union

    1. Chelsey Ortega on said:

      I had to read this for a class, and it was o.k. but I won't be reading it again. It is the notes or minutes taken down of speeches that Virginian congressmen and senators gave in favor of or against seceding from the U.S. as the Civil War was starting. (They are not the whole speeches, but a few pages are given to each politician that spoke.) If you need this information for a paper, then I suggest reading it. But unless you are a HUGE Civil War history buff, this book is not for you. I'm a hist [...]

    2. Ashley on said:

      It's important to know going into this book that it's a collection of speeches. The introduction provides useful contextual information in a clear, well-organized manner. The subsequent speeches include a very brief background on the speaker. I've used this book to teach in American Civil War classes and it's been good at engaging students in the substance of the secession debate. However, if you're looking for a broad history of the VA-WV split, this book may not be what you're looking for.

    3. Jonathan on said:

      Showdown in Virginia should be required reading in every Virginia High School History Class. West Virginia makes so much sense now. Also someone should do a movie about Wise's "horse pistol" speech.

    4. Debbie on said:

      the 1861 Virginia Convention - debating whether or not to secede - condensed version

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