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dc.contributor.advisorCarey, Anthony G.
dc.contributor.advisorNoe, Kennethen_US
dc.contributor.advisorEssah, Patienceen_US
dc.contributor.advisorHitchcock, Berten_US
dc.contributor.authorLu, Lingen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-23T15:52:35Z
dc.date.available2009-02-23T15:52:35Z
dc.date.issued2006-08-15en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10415/1326
dc.description.abstractThis study traces Mobilians’ road from moderation to secessionism and analyzes the factors that influenced their decision-making. Mobile’s commercial path of development differentiated it from most of the rest of a rural and agricultural state. In politics, Mobile’s long tradition of close two-party competition differed markedly from state politics, in which the Democratic party held a dominant position. Differences did not, however, really separate Mobile from Alabama. Mobile was a cotton city, inextricably linked to its hinterlands, which grew the fleecy staple upon which nearly all of the city’s commerce revolved. Economic factors also pushed white Mobilians toward a stout defense of slavery and southern rights. As white citizens understood the matter, Mobile lived on cotton, and cotton lived on slavery; their prosperity and their world depended upon maintaining and expanding cotton production and the institution of slavery. Resolutely pursuing a moderate course, Mobilians long hoped for a resolution of sectional conflict that would allow the city to prosper within the Union. Their decision-making was logical, not hysterical. In 1860-61, a large majority of Mobile voters saw secession as a win-win proposition, which would simultaneously preserve profits and political autonomy against the grave threat of northern Republican assaults on slavery and southern rights.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsEMBARGO_NOT_AUBURNen_US
dc.subjectHistoryen_US
dc.titleSound at Heart and Right in Hand: Mobile’s Road to Secessionen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.embargo.lengthMONTHS_WITHHELD:24en_US
dc.embargo.statusEMBARGOEDen_US
dc.embargo.enddate2011-02-23en_US


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