After reading Charles B. Dew’s Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War, write a 750 – 1,000-word essay answering the following question:
What were the causes of the American Civil War?
Here are a few questions to guide your thinking as you read the book and prepare your essay:

  • What three images did the secession commissioners from Lower South states evoke to convince the Upper South states of the necessity of secession?
  • How did Confederate leaders frame the causes of secession during and after the war? Were they consistent or did they contradict themselves?
  • How did this book affect your understanding of the causes of the American Civil War?