--March 9, 1832 - First Political Announcement
Professor Daniel Crofts
Daniel W. Crofts has written five books about the North-South sectional crisis that led to the Civil War. Among them are Reluctant Confederates: Upper South Unionists in the Secession Crisis (University of North Carolina Press, 1989), which looked at three key Upper South states—Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee—where most white people opposed secession but ended up fighting on the southern side.
His the newest book, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), will be the focus of his remarks tonight.
Dan made over a dozen contributions between 2011 and 2014 to the New York Times blog “Disunion,” an on-line collection of essays marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
He holds a doctorate from Yale University (1968) and taught for many years at The College of New Jersey, where he chaired the History Department for nine years.