What Caused the Civil War? | National Humanities Center

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What Caused the Civil War?

American History; American Civil War; Antebellum Era; Slavery; Confederate States of America

Edward L. Ayers (Center Trustee; President Emeritus; Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond)

June 23, 2010

Did slavery cause the Civil War? Or was it a conflict over states’ rights? Or was it the inevitable clash between an industrial society and an agrarian society? Or was it a struggle between two imperialistic powers over territorial expansion? Or was it really about slavery after all? Find out how recent scholarship answers these questions.


History / American History / American Civil War / Antebellum Era / Slavery / Confederate States of America /