He divides the secessionist camp into four distinct groups:
(1) Rhetorical Radicals – These men were the visionaries and vanguard of Southern secession like Robert Barnwell Rhett, Edmund Ruffin, and Nathaniel Beverly Tucker who had spent decades as the torch bearers of an independent Southern nation.
Nathaniel Beverly Tucker’s pioneering secessionist novel The Partisan Leader, which was a commercial failure at the time, will be receiving more attention here in the months ahead:
Tucker is probably best remembered for his 1836 novel The Partisan Leader. Set in the United States of 1849, the story depicts a war between secessionist guerrillas in Virginia and a despotic federal government led by President-turned-dictator Martin Van Buren. In Tucker’s future, the slaveholding states south of Virginia have already seceded, driven out of the Union by Van Buren’s centralizing government and exploitative tariff policy. While the Old Dominion itself remains under federal control, the plot of The Partisan Leader concerns the efforts of patriotic Virginian irregulars to defeat government forces and join the independent Southern Confederacy.
At the onset of the American Civil War, the novel was regarded by many in the North and South as a prophetic vision of the collapse of the Union. It was republished in 1861 in New York with the subtitle “A Key to the Southern Conspiracy”; a Richmond edition of 1862 is subtitled “A Novel, and an Apocalypse of the Origin and Struggles of the Southern Confederacy.”
(2) Reformed Radicals – These men were the pragmatic radicals like William Lowndes Yancey who shared the disunionist vision, but who worked within the mainstream political process to sabotage it and precipitate secession.
(3) Revolutionary Insiders – The revolutionary insiders had not been long time activists in the secessionist movement, but they acted in 1860 at the right moment and provided the material support necessary to fan the flames of secession into a critical mass.
(4) Opportunists – The opportunists were moderates like Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens, and Robert Toombs – members of the Washington establishment in the 1850s, previously known as The Directory – who jumped on the secession bandwagon at the last moment when the movement had grown to a critical mass and secession had become inevitable.
Note: Utah has become the fourth state to be sued by the Justice Department for enforcing federal immigration law. We all know that Georgia or Indiana will be the fifth. As I explained last year, pushing these wedge issues like Arizona-style immigration laws have proven to be an excellent means to expose the tyranny that we are living under.