By Eric H. Walther
Within the first finished biography of William Lowndes Yancey (1814-63), one of many prime secessionists of the outdated South, Eric H. Walther examines the character and political lifetime of the uncompromising fire-eater.
Born in Georgia yet raised within the North through a fiercely abolitionist stepfather and an emotionally risky mom, Yancey grew up believing that abolitionists have been merciless, meddling, and hypocritical. His own trip led him via a chain of mentors who reworked his political opinions, and upon relocating to frontier Alabama in his twenties, Yancey's penchant for rhetorical and actual violence used to be quickly channeled right into a campaign to guard slaveholders' rights.
Yancey defied Northern Democrats at their nationwide nominating conference in 1860, rending the get together and environment the level for secession after the election of Abraham Lincoln. chosen to introduce Jefferson Davis in Montgomery because the president-elect of the Confederacy, Yancey additionally served the Confederacy as a diplomat and a senator earlier than his demise in 1863, simply in need of his forty-ninth birthday.
More than a portrait of an influential political determine prior to and through the Civil struggle, this learn additionally offers a nuanced examine the roots of Southern honor, violence, and understandings of manhood as they built within the 19th century.