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The book might be read as constituting one literary mode of "approaching" critical regionalism in that, in its very recalcitrance, it implicitly evokes tension between tenacious sectionalist modes and tropes (with their troublesome organicism) and a critical regionalism that might involve resignifying these tropes of affiliation from within, and resituating Southerness on its own shifting grounds.
Stegmaier demonstrates the uniqueness of the Texas-New Mexico question: it was the only issue in the antebellum Congress that united Northern and Southern sectionalists.