Today's NYT--as part of its series remembering the 150th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War--has a short piece on this map, used before on this site.
Be sure to follow the links that zoom in on the map and provide further explanation of the numbers and how their variance from state to state and county to county affected how secession was viewed across the south.
JVLaB: John Vaught LaBeaume is a libertarian political and media relations strategist in Washington, DC. His work has appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch & at reason.com.
CBMurray: Chris Murray is a lecturer in political science for Marquette University in Washington, DC. He teaches courses on the U.S. Congress and American foreign policy. A graduate of Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he writes for the Washington Examiner and his electoral commentary has appeared on Milwaukee Public Radio.
Both of us are fascinated with American electoral history and the way in which historical, demographic, cultural, and economic factors affect political behavior. ElectionDissection.com delves into the data to try and explain why certain candidates and parties win and how change occurs. Like the case made by Kevin Phillips' "The Emerging Republican Majority" and John B. Judis' and Ruy Teixeira's "The Emerging Democratic Majority," we believe that change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. The voting we observe today has been influenced by the events of the past.