De Bow’s Revolution: The Memory of the American Revolution in the Politics of the Sectional Crisis, 1850–1861

  title={De Bow’s Revolution: The Memory of the American Revolution in the Politics of the Sectional Crisis, 1850–1861},
  author={Jonathan Crider},
  journal={American Nineteenth Century History},
  pages={317 - 332}
  • Jonathan Crider
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • History
  • American Nineteenth Century History
In January 1861 editor James D.B. De Bow advocated the secession of southern states from the union as he proclaimed to his readers that white Southerners “are mainly the descendants of those who fought the battles of the Revolution, and who understand and appreciate the nature and inestimable value of the liberty which it brought.” While editors on both sides of the Sectional Crisis over slavery in the 1850s and 60s claimed to be “custodians of the legacy of 1776” as they used the American… 
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