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How Emancipation Changed the War

Hey there, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! Today, I want to discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and how it forever altered our memory of what the Civil War was fought over. Before the Emancipation Proclamation was made public on September 22nd, the purpose of the Union’s side was to quash the rebellion and […]

Causality or Influence: Nullification Revisited

In Mitch’s post concerning John C. Calhoun’s home in Charleston, South Carolina, it was asserted that nullification, a method advanced by Calhoun to invalidate the Tariff of Abominations, ultimately grew into secession.  Having written a term paper recently on Calhoun’s political thought, I cannot help myself but tease out the connection that Mitch presents and, […]

Virginia secedes

As recently as April 4, 1861 – there was nearly a 2 to 1 preference against secession in the Virginia legislature. Sumter, and the subsequent call for 75,000 troops changed all that. Therefore, on April 17, 1861, the Commonwealth of Virginia issued the following ordinance: AN ORDINANCE to repeal the ratification of the Constitution of […]