Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Discussion Question 8

(click to view the discussion material - CIVIL WAR 150: READER #1 SECESSION and UNION)

My response to question #8 found at the end of the Reader is that from the readings, those who supported and voted for secession baldly say that the reason is to perpetuate slavery.

The very first sentence of the very first entry, the Charleston Mercury had written, "The issue before the country is the extinction of slavery." Yet, to say that it was about states rights was just another way of saying the same thing. Which state right was being violated? According to the secessionists, the right of the states to manage their own internal affairs regarding slavery.

Which is not to say that the North primarily fought to end slavery, although some did, but to preserve the Union for "the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it (slavery)."

How would you respond to this question?

-J.E.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

CIVIL WAR 150: READER #1 SECESSION and UNION


Welcome to the first of a series of online readings of original sources from the Civil War, titled The Civil War: Told by Those Who Lived It, published by The Library of America. The first series concerns the controversies and events that led to secession and war.

I invite participants to read the words of key participants and to comment and discuss their meaning. There are a series of discussion questions provided at the end of the readings. Participants can share their thoughts by directly answering those questions or any observations they wish to make about these readings and the causes that led to the central crisis in American History.


I will be checking back frequently and periodically responding to comments. 
- J.E.

Civil War 150 Online Discussion Forum

The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library has received a grant to provide Civil War programming during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This was made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with The Library of America and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

This grant also includes access to select online Readers of original source material from an anthology series entitled The Civil War: Told by Those Who Lived It, published by The Library of America. We will post the readings on the library website and on this blog for interested participants to read and discuss.

Jeff Eling, Howland Branch Manager, will initiate a discussion of each Reader in the series. We invite you to read the posts and then join in the discussion.