The Origins of the Secession Crisis and the Civil War

On the 150th anniversary of the secession winter, this session takes a new look at an old question: what were the causes of the Civil… read more

On the 150th anniversary of the secession winter, this session takes a new look at an old question: what were the causes of the Civil War? Each of the three presenters has recently authored a book on the causes of the conflict, and each work takes a different approach. Tthe conversation will examine the role of slavery, economics, political parties, discourse, and irrational motives. The session will explore whether it is possible to integrate the differing interpretations of the war’s origins or whether the various schools of thought remain irreconcilable. Finally, the session will touch on how new sources, questions, viewpoints, and methods might move the study of the Civil War forward in the new decade.

Chair: Michael F. Holt, University of Virginia

Marc Egnal, York University, Toronto

Elizabeth R. Varon, Temple University

Bruce Levine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Peter Kolchin Professor University of Delaware->History Department
  • Bruce Levine Distinguished Professor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign->History Department
  • Elizabeth R. Varon Professor University of Virginia->Corcoran Department of History
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The Origins of the Secession Crisis and the Civil War

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Mar 19, 2011
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Mar 21, 2011

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  • Mar 19, 2011 | 8:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 19, 2011 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Mar 21, 2011 | 1:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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