A House Divided: (61) Cracker Secession – II

Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is "A House Divided."

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: One of the most intriguing questions to emerge from the Civil War involved the willingness of lower class whites, whose connection to the slave economy was distant at best, who never could ever have dreamed of even owning a slave, threw themselves into the war effort of the Confederacy, many paying the ultimate price for their loyalty. It is not an easy question, but some factors are economic, social, and regional.

A House Divided: (60) Cracker Secession – I

Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is "A House Divided."

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the months leading up to the first large military engagement of the civil war, both North and South were gripped by war fever. All the romance and illusion of a people that had known little but peaceful development came spilling out on both sides of the divide. The righteousness of the cause of each region was taken for granted.

A House Divided: (56) – Fleeting Myth of Southern Unionism – II

Lead:  One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: By the early months of 1861 seven states had clearly committed themselves to a course of disunion and the Confederacy, but hope that the upper South could resist the forces of secession was ripe in both North and South. This proved illusory because it was based on the ability of the country to avoid the use of force.

A House Divided: (55) – Fleeting Myth of Southern Unionism – I

Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is "A House Divided."

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: With the election of Abraham Lincoln, it seemed that the die was cast. The South would leave the United States and seek a future in a southern Confederacy. Yet, breaking the bonds of Union proved strangely difficult for many, particularly in the upper South. In early February 1861, several states met in Montgomery, Alabama to craft a new nation, but only seven slave states showed up, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Texas. Over the next several weeks it seemed possible to develop a strategy to keep the remaining seven from joining their fellow slave states in disunion.