An Occasional Lecture - The American Civil War: A Classical Liberal View

9 October 2013, 6.30pm
2 Lord North Street, Westminster, London SW1 (door on Great Peter Street)

Dr Phil Magness puts forward a libertarian view of the American Civil War

Dr Phil Magness Policy Historian and Academic Program Director at the Institute for Humane Studies and Co-Author of Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement For Black Resettlement, will be giving a lecture on this fascinating topic.

The American Civil War has proved to be a controversial topic among contemporary libertarians and the history of the conflict and its aftermath remains politically controversial. Dr Phil Magness will put forward a distinct libertarian viewpoint on the war that neither embraces the Confederacy as an invaded "victim" by default nor endorses the Union on account of the consequence of ending slavery. Specific themes include: a causal explanation of the war that examines the centrality of slavery to secession as distinct from the outbreak of the war; a critical but non-demonized look at Lincoln; and a critical look at the abuses of civil and economic liberties by the Union and Confederate governments.

Dr Magness is Policy Historian and Academi