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.

A House Divided: (54) – Election of 1860 – IV

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: 1860. Four parties. Four candidates. Southern democrats nominated John Cabell Breckinridge and carried most of the states in the south. Breckinridge may have sucked enough votes away from the regular Democrats to give the Republicans pluralities in California and Oregon.

A House Divided: (53) – Election of 1860 – III

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 an earlier era little known U.S. presidential candidates who emerged with little obvious support or chances for success were often called “dark horse” candidates. It is an old horse-racing term coined to describe a horse unknown to gamblers who have trouble laying odds on the horse’s potential performance. Abraham Lincoln was one such dark horse. Of those contending for the Republican nomination in 1860, Lincoln was relatively unknown, but had fewer weaknesses.

A House Divided: (52) – Election of 1860 – 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: When the surging Republicans assembled in the especially built Chicago convention building nicknamed the “wigwam” in May 1860 there were four viable candidates and a dark horse. The party faced a serious problem. Locked out of the south and probably the border states they had to win nearly every free state to achieve the necessary electoral majority.

A House Divided: (51) – Election of 1860 – 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: The Election of 1860 was perhaps the most distinctive in U.S. political history. There were four parties and four candidates, but even more unusual, the two major parties, the Democrats and Republicans, only were able to seriously compete in the free states. After an abortive attempt in at securing a Democratic candidate in Charleston, S.C., southern delegates walked out over the issue of a national code which would enforce protections for slavery in free states and territories.

A House Divided: (50) The Martyr of Harper’s Ferry – 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: After capturing the Federal Armory in Harper’s Ferry in October, 1859, John Brown awaited the arrival of the authorities. They came in form of a detachment of marines commanded by Col. Robert E. Lee of Virginia. They stormed the engine house, captured a slightly wounded Brown and in less than 40 hours his grand illusion had fallen apart.