February 27, 2014 at 4:10 am

Brian Schoen Speaks on Origins of Civil War at Eastern Campus, April 17

By EJ Schodzinski
from Compass

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – Dr. Brian Schoen, Associate Professor of History at Ohio University, will give a presentation on secession and the origins of the Civil War at the University’s Eastern Campus on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Room 219. In his talk Schoen will examine how the Southern states’ vibrant international cotton trade caused them to believe that disunion from the North was desirable and would be welcomed abroad.

This lecture is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” which is on display at the Eastern Campus during the month of April. Several local historical societies, including Great Stone Viaduct Organization, Grave Creek Mound Museum, and Historic Fort Steuben, will also set up informational displays for viewing at 6 p.m. before the lecture.

“As Crimean voters (aided by Russian soldiers) took to the polls and voted for secession and annexation to Russia, we are reminded of the unique challenges that defining nations and regions in a global context present, even today,” said Schoen. “This talk will take us back to some Americans’ own fateful decision to secede and the war that resulted. It will look at the ways that international developments, economic and political, shaped Americans’ own decision to go to war with one another. Ultimately it will consider what secession meant to Americans and the rest of the world.”

Read more in Compass.

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