The American Civil War - Origins, Slavery, States Rights, Lincoln, Fort Sumter





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The American College of History and Legal Studies hosts a discussion on the Civil War, 1861-1865. Lead by ACHLS founding dean, and Pulitzer Prize nominee Michael Chesson. Questions discussed include...

What was the major cause of the Civil War, slavery or states rights?
Was the Civil War inevitable?
How did the economics of slave labor effect the start of the war?
How did northerners and southerners identify, by county, state or country?
How interdependent were the northern and southern economies?
Why did poor southern whites support the slave owners?
How were regiments formed and named?
What role did the abolitionists play in the war?
How did the Northerners and Southerners view one another?
Why did the confederates fire on Fort Sumpter and how did Lincoln respond?
How are the issues of the civil war reflected in both the US and the world at large today?

This is part one of the three hour discussion.

The American College of History and Legal Studies was created by the Massachusetts School of Law, http://msaw.edu.

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