This series of three lectures by visiting OLLI instructor and longtime Carnegie Mellon history professor Jared Day will examine the origins and buildup to the American Civil War, covering 1848 to 1861. It examines the interaction of slavery, states' rights, and the "free soil" movement as critical foundation stones for this conflict. It explores many of the key political figures of this era, including presidents such as Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan, and emerging notables such as Stephen Douglas and, of course, Abraham Lincoln.
Jared Day, Ph.D., taught American History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for sixteen years. His areas of specialization are U.S. political, urban, and cultural history and world history from the fifteenth century to the present. He is the author of several books along with numerous other popular and peer-reviewed articles. He now teaches at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT, and virtually for many national OLLI programs.
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