Michael Fellman - "I Came Not to Bring Peace, but a Sword"

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Preeminent American Civil War scholar Michael Fellman examines the robbery, arson, torture, murder, and raids that characterized this  most uncivil of wars in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands during the 1850s-60s.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:30pm @ Central Library

Michael Fellman, a preeminent scholar of the American Civil War and an expert on the guerilla warfare that characterized the conflict in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands, considers how perfectly ordinary Americans could revise their moral and religious beliefs to justify such extraordinary violence with relative ease. Selectively picking texts from Holy Scripture, they assembled a war God perfectly suited to their actions out of Christian belief.

Author of the path-breaking books Inside War, and In the Name of God and Country: Reconsidering Terrorism in American History, Fellman, a professor of history emeritus at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, explicates a haunting and recurring theme that stalks American history.

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