Northern and Southern Editorials on Secession

Northern Editorials on Secession


Perkins, Howard Cecil, ed.  Northern Editorials on Secession.  New York:  D. Appleton - Century Company, Inc., 1942.  


1.  This collection of editorials, encompassing two volumes, features writings produced by Northern newspapers from 1860 through 1861 pertaining in various ways to the issue of Southern secession.  Northern Editorials on Secession contains four hundred ninety-five individual editorials from one hundred ninety-nine different newspapers.  The great quantity of editorials and variety of newspapers in this source provides for the representation of many diverse opinions about the possibility, justifiability and potential consequences of secession.


2.  The collection was compiled and published by 1942.  All of the contents come from the years 1860 and 1861.  Graduate students of Professor Ulrich B. Phillips began the work, and the Beveridge Memorial Fund Committee provided means for the continuation and expansion of the project by Howard Cecil Perkins.  The impetus for this project came from a desire to complement Dwight L. Drummond's Southern Editorials on Secession, yet another project of the Beveridge Fund.


3.  The work of various Northern editors appears throughout the two volumes.


4.  The editorials are organized by thematic category.  The categories are as follows:


I.  The Campaign of 1860

            II.  The Prospect of Secession

            III.  Buchanan's Message to Congress

            IV.  Secession:  Right or Revolution?

            V.  "The Enforcement of Laws"

            VI.  Conciliation and Compromise

            VII.  Measures for Peace

            VIII.  Peaceable Separation

            IX.  New Confederacies and a Free City

            X.  "The Everlasting Negro"

            XI.  The Morality of Slavery

            XII.  The "Chivalry"

            XIII.  The Mississippi

            XIV.  The Economics of Union

            XV.  Inaugurals South and North

            XVI.  The Emergence of a Policy

            XVII.  The Strategy of Sumter

            XVIII.  The Sequel to Sumter

            XIX.  Post-Sumter Pleas for Peace

            XX.  Objects of the War

            XXI.  The Border States

            XXII.  Western Virginia

            XXIII.  The American Experiment

            XXIV.  Foreign Relations

            XXV.  Personalities

            XXVI.  "Sensationism" and Propaganda

            XXVII.  Moral and Spiritual Values


Within each thematic category, the editorials are arranged chronologically.  This all appears in the table of contents


5.  The table of contents, as above explained, provides the primary finding aid, although a thorough index in the back of both volumes may also prove useful.  Additionally, volume two features a "Newspaper Index" that lists every included newspaper by state.


6.  The source is accessible through Bowdoin's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.  It is located on the second floor of the main library, call no. E440.5 P45.  No strictures placed on access.


7.  Broadly, this source may aid in answering questions concerning popular attitudes toward and ideas about secession in the North.  The range of topics and perspectives are diverse, so more specific inquiries will be well suited to this source.



Southern Editorials on Secession


Dumond, Dwight L., ed.  Southern Editorials on Secession.  New York:  The Century Co., 1931.


1.  This one volume collection of Southern editorials about secession consists of one hundred eighty-three individual editorials from the years 1860 and 1861.  The collection of writing represents a diverse array of attitudes toward secession.


2.  Southern Editorials on Secession was completed in 1931, edited by Dwight L. Dumond.  The collection aims to capture the "variety, conflict, and concurrence" of Southern reactions to the idea of secession. 


3.  This source features the work of various Southern newspaper editors.


4.  The editorials are organized only by chronology.


5.  A table of contents and index are the only finding aids.


6.  The book can be found on the second floor of Bowdoin's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, call no. E440.5 D89.  No strictures placed on access.


7.  This source will generally prove useful in inquiries about popular Southern attitudes toward the idea of secession.  Because the included editorials offer various diverse perspectives, more specific questions will best suit this collection.