Hartwick’s Kelley Offers Lecture on Civil War Causes

March 20, 2012

Hartwick College Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley will give a lecture titled "So, Was the Civil War Really About Slavery?" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall on the College campus. His talk is free and open to the public.

The notion that "states' rights" was the cause of the Civil War has gained new currency, especially among "small-government" groups.  Many of these groups highlight Northern racism to suggest that the war was "about" something other than slavery. 

Focusing instead on Southern attitudes toward slavery and on public statements issued by the secessionists themselves, Kelley will explore the role of slavery in bringing about the nation's bloodiest conflict.

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