A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States, Vol. II

Author: Alexander H. Stephens

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Publisher's Commentary: (See also Volume I). Stephens continues his conversations with his Yankee guests by asserting that sovereignty is not divisible. The general topic of slavery is addressed, along with the Missouri Compromise, the 1850 Compromise, and other political activities leading up to the War. Secession, the War itself, and the results of the War are discussed at length. Stephens warns that the net effect of all is a tendency toward centralism and empire.

Stephens' warnings about the results of the War have proven all too true. The tendencies have not been reversed. The United States continues on a path toward despotism and totalitarianism. This two-volume history by Stephens is must-read material for anyone who wants to understand why.

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