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    Could the Civil War Have Been Avoided?

    One hundred and fifty years after the outbreak of the Civil War, a panel of historians debated whether or not the war could have been avoided. They also responded to questions from members of the audience. Frank…

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    President Jackson and the Civil War

    William Freehling talked about President Andrew Jackson and how his career, thoughts, and actions relate to the origins of the Confederacy and the coming of the Civil War. The unresolved disagreements…

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    Pre-Civil War Virginia Showdowns

    William Freehling talked about two pivotal showdowns in Virginia, the most populous slave state in the south prior to the Civil War: the 1832 General Assembly debate over abolishing slavery that occurred in the…

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    South Carolina Secession, Part 2

    A panel was held on the secession of South Carolina from the Union on December 20, 1860. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, shortly after the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln. Ten more states would secede in 1861.…

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