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So Conceived and So DedicatedIntellectual Life in the Civil War Era North$
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Lorien Foote and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264476

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264476.001.0001

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For Their Adopted Home

For Their Adopted Home

Native Northerners in the South during the Secession Crisis

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(p.174) For Their Adopted Home
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So Conceived and So Dedicated
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David Zimring

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264476.003.0009

This chapter discusses the experiences of “adoptive southerners,” who were native northern cross-sectional emigrants who lived in the South and sided with the Confederacy and, to a lesser extent, Southern Unionists during the secession crisis. These two groups fought against their native sections and often tried to justify their actions. Southern Unionists mainly cited the importance of the Constitution and the preservation of the Union as their reasons for remaining loyal to the Union rather than their state. Adoptive southerners, for their part, mainly cited their residence in the South, ideological convictions, and identification with their adopted region as their reasons for their loyalty to the Confederacy. Together, these two groups demonstrated the flexibility of sectional and national identity in the lead-up to the Civil War.

Keywords:   David Zimring, Adoptive Southerner, Confederacy, Constitution, Cross-Sectional, Identity, National, Secession, Southern Unionist, Union

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