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Your Heritage Will Still RemainRacial Identity and Mississippi's Lost Cause$
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Michael J. Goleman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496812049

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496812049.001.0001

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“Those Who Should Be Brothers”

“Those Who Should Be Brothers”

(p.33) “Those Who Should Be Brothers”
Your Heritage Will Still Remain

Michael J. Goleman

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the secession crisis in Mississippi and how it influenced a sense of social identity within the state. Mississippians sought redress to their grievances over repeated attacks against slavery, but with none forthcoming and combined with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, Mississippians chose secession. Although southern nationalists and fire-eaters led the secession movement, a majority of white Mississippians believed that secession continued the Founders’ revolutionary experiment in republican government. Mississippians viewed northerners as betrayers of that legacy, and secession as an act to preserve American principles of republican government.

Keywords:   Secession, Social identity, Southern nationalism, Slavery, Republican government

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