Did Slavery Cause the Civil War? A lecture by George Hoemann

Join us as historian George Hoemann attempts to answer the infamous question, "Did slavery cause the Civil War?" 

About the lecture:
Did slavery cause the Civil War? A good question, but who these days asks, and why should we care? Over the years, historians and citizens in general have struggled to understand how the tragedy of civil war could have occurred. At various times, alternative causes have been suggested, including a failure of political wisdom and compromise, competing economic systems, and states’ rights, as well as slavery. 

The recent controversy over the presence of monuments and statues commemorating the Confederacy has reminded us that the Civil War – and its cause – remain flash points of interest today, more than 150 years after war’s end. 

This talk will explore the political events and decisions during the first half of the nineteenth century that culminated in the four years that we know as the American Civil War, by far the bloodiest struggle the nation has ever experienced.

This lecture is part of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library's "Impressions of the Civil War in the West" summer exhibition. For more information about this event and the rest, visit: http://libguides.mst.edu/summerart2018

About George Hoemann:

George H. Hoemann, formerly Assistant Dean for Distance Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, holds degrees in U.S. history from Drake University (BA, 1974) and Rice University (MA, 1978, PhD, 1982), as well as the MSLS from the University of Tennessee (1995). At Rice he studied U.S. Constitutional-Legal history focusing on the constitutional and political aspects of the American Civil War, finishing with his dissertation, “What God Hath Wrought: The Embodiment of Freedom in the Thirteenth Amendment.” Subsequently, Hoemann served as Assistant Editor for the Papers of John Marshall (The College of William & Mary), the Papers of Thomas Jefferson (Princeton University) and as Associate Editor of the Papers of Andrew Jackson (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville). He retired from Quincy University in 2014.

Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Curtis Laws Wilson Library, 2nd Floor Gallery
400 W. 14th St., Rolla, MO 65409

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Jonathan Kimball
Jonathan Kimball left a positive review 7/12/2018

Excellent talk. He put the various events and compromises into context. As a society, we need more reminders of our past, so that we can accept it and move forward. Of course slavery caused the civil war--and we're still living with the consequences.