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The Political and Economic Geography of Southern Secession

Resource Type
  • Chacon, Mario (NYU)
  • Jensen, Jeffrey (NYUAD)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Antebellum South; Southern United States; Slavery
  • Abstract

    We study the economic and political determinants of the Southern secession movement of 1860/61. While economic historians emphasize the importance of slavery to the South’s economy as the primary factor behind the movement, we demonstrate the important role that political inequality among whites played in facilitating secession. In particular, secession was decided in state conventions, which allowed secessionists to exploit biases to representation and may have been pivotal in Alabama and Georgia. Our results suggest that the region’s investment in slavery alone may not be sufficient to explain the electoral success of the movement in the biggest Lower South states.
Geographic Coverage
  • US South

Update Metadata: 2019-10-17 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-17

Chacon, Mario; Jensen, Jeffrey (2019): The Political and Economic Geography of Southern Secession. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.