This isn’t actually my inspiration or anything like it.
Even so, if you've posted it, it's reasonable to expect that you will be asked questions about the opinion or challenged about the conclusions. Who are the two historians you mention, and can they offer any thoughts to us on this topic?
On the first day that our COVID inoculations became effective, I had coffee with two award winning historians. We talked about the astonishing trove of tens of thousands of reports from an English spy in New York. He was spying on Portuguese slavers from 1850-62. It will totally rewrite the history of the anti-slave trade squadron operations.
One of the other topics they discussed was the Unionist slave-holders in the pre-war period. The counter secession aspect of slave-holding was new to me. I went home & started reading up on the topic. I have read endless secessionist slave-holders’ writing, but had never investigated the anti’s. It was a revelation. I decided to share my new insights with a post on CWT. There is always the chance that someone knowledgeable would contribute or stimulate someone to investigate like I had.
I included the reference to Bell’s 1858 speech because I found it very though provoking. Obviously, the posts replying to the thread do not reference any of Bell’s ideas or the economic realities that Unionist slave-holders found so alarming... even today they are the Casandras of their culture.
Between them & the Portuguese spy, it is a lot to digest.
This doesn't address my point, and I still hold that the thread title gives a flawed reading of history. However, I would be interested in learning more about Unionist slave owner opposition to secession, so what sources did you read that you would recommend?
I read some of Bell's speech about Kansas, and I can't help but wish these guys weren't so wordy. I have the same problem trying to read and digest what Calhoun wrote. They never use one word when fifty will do. But I do intend to read the rest of it and give it some thought.