- Oct 26, 2012
Did a majority of white Southerns support secession ?
More so in 1861 then by the summer of 1864. Of course if we count the forty percent of the Southern population which is black certainly not a huge majority of the Southern population supported the Confederacy.
And western North carolina and parts of kentucky and Maryland and alot of Missouri and Northern Arkansas so basically what your saying is Noif you look at the 1860-1861 voting maps (search them up by the way) then yes most did support secession aside from certain areas such as North Alabama/East Tennessee/West Virginia, as well as some areas in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida.
Excellent question. It was complicated. I am only familiar with the goings on in one state - Georgia. I voted "no" because in Georgia, it was, in my opinion, too close to call. So while this post may be of assistance in understanding what happened in one state, please don't assume that this the "the answer" your question.
Those maps generally show how the delegates to the state conventions wound up voting. I think E was referencing the fact that the individual voters in all states except TX, VA, and TN elected delegates to the conventions and those delegates did not necessarily cast their votes as expected. TX, VA and TN were the only states that held referendum votes. The other states held elections to elect delegates who then cast their votes.Why not look up "southern secession vote map" and you'll find results.
By the summer of 1864 that enthusiasm for Secession appears to have died down quite a bit. Edited.I voted yes, and stand by it.....When the South was deciding to secede it had no standing army or even government, see little evidence of any major organized resistance from within the south in 1861, instead most accounts talk of secession fever spreading like wildfire...that would equate to support not dissent.
There were pre war militias already standing to offer resistance if the majority in fact had dissented.....instead it appears they largely en masse volunteered for the Confederacy.
And there still wasn't much in the way of armed dissent or organised resistance in the south. Edited. but never approached anything remotely approaching majority dissent IMO. People when they are complaining tend to make dramatic statements, but the confederacy was crumbling due to United States forces, not from within IMOBy the summer of 1864 that enthusiasm for Secession appears to have died down quite a bit. Edited.
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