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Author Smith, Timothy B., 1974-

Title The Mississippi Secession Convention : delegates and deliberations in politics and war, 1861-1865 / Timothy B. Smith
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2014
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Contents Preface -- Prologue : Dramatis personae : the major actors in the Mississippi Secession Convention -- Elections : November-December 1860 -- Delegates : January 1861 -- Organization : January 7-8, 1861 -- Secession : January 9, 1861 -- Committees : January 10-12, 1861 -- Ceremony : January 14-15, 1861 -- Divergence : January 16-19, 1861 -- Votes : January 21-23, 1861 -- Adjournment : January 24-26, 1861 -- Interim : February-March, 1861 -- Ratification : March 25-30, 1861 -- War : 1861-1865 -- Epilogue : Consequences : 1865-1921 -- Appendix 1. Roster of delegates to the Mississippi Secession Convention -- Appendix 2. Election results for convention delegates, December 20, 1860 -- Appendix 3. Mississippi Ordinance of Secession -- Appendix 4. Declaration of causes
Summary "The Mississippi Secession Convention is the first full treatment of any secession convention to date. Studying the Mississippi convention of 1861 offers insight into how and why southern states seceded and the effects of such a breech. Based largely on primary sources, this book provides a unique insight into the broader secession movement. There was more to the secession convention than the mere act of leaving the Union, which was done only three days into the deliberations. The rest of the three-week January 1861 meeting as well as an additional week in March saw the delegated debate and pass a number of important ordinances that for a time governed the state. As seen through the eyes of the delegates themselves, with rich research into each member, this book provides a compelling overview of the entire proceeding. The effects of the convention gain the most analysis in this study, including the political processes that, after the momentous vote, morphed into unlikely alliances. Those on opposite ends of the secession question quickly formed new political allegiances in a predominantly Confederate-minded convention. These new political factions formed largely over the issues of central versus local authority, which quickly played into Confederate versus state issues during the Civil War. In addition, Timothy Smith considers the lasting consequences of defeat, looking into the effect secession and war had on the delegates themselves and, by extension, Mississippi"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Political leadership -- Mississippi -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Political leadership -- Mississippi -- History -- 19th century.
Secession -- Mississippi -- Sources.
Secession -- Mississippi.
Voting -- Mississippi -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Voting -- Mississippi -- History -- 19th century.
Mississippi -- Politics and government -- To 1865 -- Sources.
Mississippi -- Politics and government -- To 1865.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2014013670
ISBN 1626740569 (electronic bk.)
9781626740563 (electronic bk.)