Original Author: With Good Reason, a program of Virginia Humanities
Created: May 1, 2010

Secession Debate in Virginia

The historian Bill Freehling, a coeditor of the book Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union (2010), discusses Virginia's bitter, months-long battle over whether to secede from the United States in 1861. This audio clip is an excerpt from an interview that originally aired on May 1, 2010, on With Good Reason, a radio program produced by Virginia Humanities and hosted by Sarah McConnell.