By William W. Freehling,Craig M. Simpson
In the spring of 1861, Virginians faced destiny—their personal and their
nation’s. Pivotal judgements awaited approximately secession, the results of which would
spread for 100 years and extra. yet few Virginians desired to make a decision in any respect. as an alternative, they
talked, virtually interminably. The notable list of the Virginia country conference, edited in a
nice sleek model in 1965, runs to just about 3,000 pages, a few 1.3 million phrases. via the
diligent efforts of William W. Freehling and Craig M. Simpson, this daunting list has now been
made available to academics, scholars, and common readers. With very important contextual
contributions—an advent and statement, chronology, headnotes, and recommendations for further
reading—the crucial center of the speeches, and what they signified, is now within
This is a suite of speeches via males for whom every little thing was once in danger. a few saw
independence or even warfare as glory; others anticipated destroy and devastation. all of them offered
remark of lasting curiosity to somebody concerned with the destiny of democracy in
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