Presidents and Events Leading up to the Civil War

The seeds for the American Civil War of 1861-1865 were sown in the country’s origins and the unresolved disagreements about the… read more

The seeds for the American Civil War of 1861-1865 were sown in the country’s origins and the unresolved disagreements about the status of slavery and the nature of the Federal Union. Virtually every one of America’s first fifteen presidents confronted some kind of situation that presaged the creation of the Confederacy and the Civil War. A panel discussion was held on the involvement of antebellum presidents with those issues. The panelists responded to questions from members of the audience.

“Four American Presidents (But What Did They Have to Do With the Civil War?),” the annual symposium of the Museum of the Confederacy, was co-sponsored and hosted by the Library of Virginia on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Earlier in the day each panelist had spoken about one president. 

George Washington had been the topic of Anne Sarah Rubin, author of A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 and “Seventy-Six and Sixty-One: Confederates Remember the American Revolution.”

Thomas Jefferson had been the topic of Peter Onuf, author of Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood and editor of Jeffersonian Legacies.

Andrew Jackson had been the topic of William Freehling, author of Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836 and The Road to Disunion in two volumes.

John Tyler had been the topic of Edward Crapol, author of John Tyler, the Accidental President. close

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  • Edward P. Crapol Professor Emeritus College of William and Mary->Tyler (Lyon Gardiner) History Department
  • William W. Freehling Professor Emeritus University of Kentucky->History Department
  • Peter S. Onuf Professor University of Virginia->Corcoran Department of History
  • Anne Sarah Rubin Associate Professor University of Maryland, Baltimore County->History Department
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Richmond, Virginia, United States