Historian Terry Beckenbaugh Looks at the Political Failures That Led to the Civil War

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For Immediate Release:
October 25, 2012
Contact: Robert Butler
816.701.3729
Historian Terry Beckenbaugh Looks at the Political Failures That Led to the Civil War

The outbreak of the American Civil War represented a massive failure of politics.

So asserts historian Terry Beckenbaugh, who examines the magnitude of that failure in The Politics of War on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The conflict was inevitable, contends Beckenbaugh, because of the failure of the nation's political leadership to resolve fundamental debates between the North and South over the nature of the American republic and the meaning of constitutional liberty.

As the conflict wore on, Beckenbaugh notes, it became clear that divisions existed not only between the North and South, but also within each section of the country. His presentation looks at the leaders of both North and South, the issues and ideologies that drove debate, and the effect politics had on the course, conduct, and outcome of the war.  

Beckenbaugh is an assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the author of Trench Warfare Under Grant and Lee and a contributor to A History of Innovation: U.S. Army Adaptation in War and Peace.  

This program is part of the Library's Civil War Sesquicentennial series, and is co-sponsored by the command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.