Elizabeth Varon talked about her book Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 (The University of North Carolina Press; October 22, 2008). In her book, the first volume of the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era, Professor Varon recounts the years preceding the American Civil War, 1759-1859, and the public debates surrounding the possibility of an ununited country. Ms. Varon examines the political rhetoric of the time, which included the commonly invoked word “disunion” that signaled fear of the future for some and for others the means to achieve partisan success. Professor Varon responded to audience members' questions following her remarks. close
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