Slavery, Sectionalism and Civil War
Harper's Weekly. Celebration of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia by the colored people in Washington, April 19, 1866. Public domain.

Slavery, Sectionalism and Civil War

The decades that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election and the onset of secession and civil war saw an America increasingly divided over the future of slavery in the United States. This seminar will explore the events and turmoil that ultimately led to the greatest conflict this nation endured. The readings that follow present a diversity of opinions regarding that division, and how best to resolve what Harry V. Jaffa called “the crisis of the house divided.”

This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the documents in advance and come ready with questions. Teachers will receive a Letter of Attendance at the conclusion of the seminar.


March 10, 2023 -
March 10, 2023
8:30 AM CDT
2:15 PM CDT
Madison, WI
Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies
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