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Origins of the Civil War

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American History Hit

The war between the Union and the Confederacy is a major turning point in the history of the United States. But why did it happen?


From slavery and states' rights, to economic, legislative, moral, and political issues, in this episode, Don and Professor Adam Smith explore how these intertwined issues triggered this devastating war.


Adam is a professor at the University of Oxford and Director of their Rothermere American Institute. He is also the host of podcast 'The Last Best Hope?' and author of 'The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865'.


Produced by Sophie Gee. Edited by Aidan Lonergan. Senior Producer was Charlotte Long


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