Abraham Lincoln and the Union (Canus Books by Jade)
Subtitle A Chronicle of the Embattled North
Author Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Word count 52,399
Excerpt Southerners had come generally to regard
their section of the country as a distinct social
unit. The next step was inevitable. The South began
to regard itself as a separate political unit.
It is the distinction of Calhoun that he showed
himself toward the end sufficiently flexible to
become the exponent of this new political impulse.
With all his earlier fire he encouraged the
Southerners to withdraw from the so-called national
parties, Whig and Democratic, to establish instead
a single Southern party, and to formulate, by means
of popular conventions, a single concerted policy
for the entire South.