America's Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Toward Civil War.pdf
In 1863, Union forces surrounded the city of Charleston. Their vise-like grip on the harbor would hold the city hostage for nearly two years, becoming the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. But for almost two centuries prior, a singular ideology forged among the headstrong citizens of Charleston had laid a different sort of siege to a complicit American Souththe promulgation of the brutal, deplorable, and immensely profitable institution of slavery. In America’s Longest Siege, Joseph Kelly examines the nation’s long struggle with its peculiar institution” through the hotly contested debates in the city at the center of the slave trade. Kelly also explores the dissenters who triedand ultimately failedto stop the oncoming Civil War.
“An elucidating study by a Charleston historian who sees the shadow of nullification still looming.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Kelly brings a literary sensibility to the craft of history writing, and the result is a joy to read.”—Orville Vernon Burton, author of The Age of Lincoln
“Vividly and accurately portrays Charleston as ‘ground zero’ in America’s long struggle over slavery.”—Robert N. Rosen, author of Confederate Charleston and A Short History of Charleston
Joseph Kelly is a professor of literature at the College of Charleston and a member of the American Studies Association. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.