Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Lincolnites and RebelsA Divided Town in the American Civil War$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert Tracy McKenzie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 July 2018

A Town Dividing

A Town Dividing

(p.50) CHAPTER THREE A Town Dividing
Lincolnites and Rebels

Robert Tracy McKenzie

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Knoxville during the seven-month period between the election of Abraham Lincoln and the secession of Tennessee. It outlines the argument for disunion offered by local secessionists, and analyzes the nature of the response by local Unionists. At the heart of the chapter is a refutation of the concept of “unconditional” Southern Unionism during the secession crisis. No such phenomenon existed among East Tennessee's Unionist leaders. Abraham Lincoln's election and the secession crisis that followed forced the townspeople to weigh multiple and sometimes competing loyalties to the Union, to the South, to Tennessee, to their local region, and more particularly to class, race, and political party. Although Knoxville Unionists later attributed their opposition to “unalloyed patriotism”, their strategy during the secession crisis centered on time-tested themes of partisan and regional attachment.

Keywords:   East Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, Abraham Lincoln, secession crisis, secessionists, Southern Unionism, Unionists

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .