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    Conduct of the Civil War in 1861

    Lincoln and Civil War scholars debated why the Civil War didn’t end in 1861, the year that it began. They discussed why the numerous advantages of the Union did not bring the war to a swift conclusion. Topics included…

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    An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government

    Professor William Davis talked about his book, An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government. Professor Davis said the leaders of the Confederacy knew that defeat was imminent…

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    Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee

    Professor William Davis talked about Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee, and the roles they assumed into and through the Civil War. He responded to questions from members of the…

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    Person of the Year 1861, Part 1

    Each year, Time magazine selects a single person who had the most influence on events during the previous twelve months. If the same question had been posed in the year 1861, who would Time have selected…

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    South Carolina Secession, Part 1

    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. After…

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    Look Away! A History of the Confederate States

    Mr. David talked about his book, Look Away!: A History of the Confederate States of America, published by The Free Press. The book examines the social, economic, and political background of…