When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession

Front Cover
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000 - History - 257 pages
2 Reviews
Using primary documents from both foreign and domestic observers, prominent scholar Charles Adams makes a powerful and convincing case that the Southern states were legitimately exercising their political rights as expressed in the Declaration of Independence when they seceded from the United States. Although conventional histories have taught generations of Americans that this was a war fought for lofty moral principles, Adams' eloquent history transcends simple Southern partisanship to show how the American Civil War was primarily a battle over competing commercial interests, opposing interpretations of constitutional rights, and what English novelist Charles Dickens described as a fiscal quarrel.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From Adams (Those Dirty Rotten Taxes, 1998), a selectively argued, sometimes absurd polemic against Abraham Lincoln and the Union. Abraham Lincoln assumed in the Second Inaugural Address that his ... Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Of the 50 or so books I have read on the war of southern secession, this is in the top 3.


The Ku Klux Klan
The Peacemakers
Lincolns Logic

3 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

Adams, formerly a lecturer at UCLA, is an independent scholar and tax consultant. He is a lawyer and certified specialist in taxation law.

Bibliographic information