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FOR AN ONLINE PRESENTATION BY DR. EDWARD J. BLUM ON
"West of Slavery"
Beginning in the 1840s, Southern slaveholders launched a series of campaigns to extend their political power across the American West. They passed slave codes in New Mexico and Utah, sponsored separatist movements in Southern California and Arizona, orchestrated a territorial purchase from Mexico, monopolized patronage networks to empower proslavery allies, and even killed antislavery rivals. California, despite its constitutional prohibition on slavery, was the linchpin of their western program. Until the eve of the Civil War, white Southerners largely controlled the political fortunes of California, with a powerful base of support in Los Angeles.
Confederate grand strategy in the Far West evolved naturally from this antebellum political campaign. That campaign culminated with the Confederate invasion of New Mexico, coupled with a vocal secessionist threat in Southern California. Although Union forces beat back the rebel invasion in spring 1862, secessionist scares continued to roil the Far West for the duration of the war. Kevin Waite brings to light what contemporaries recognized but historians have described only in part: The struggle over slavery played out on a transcontinental stage.
Kevin Waite is an assistant professor of history at Durham University in the UK and the author of West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire (UNC Press, 2021). He’s currently writing a history of the life and times of Biddy Mason, a Georgia slave turned California real estate entrepreneur. Research for that book is funded by a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a grant he co-directs. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The Los Angeles Times, HuffPost, Slate, The New Republic, and The Washington Post.
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