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Did Eli Whitney cause the Civil War?
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
VKL Sponsored Event
The Village at Kentlands and Lakelands invites you to join Barney Gorin as he discusses the many theories about why the Civil War happened. According to the “Lost Cause” trope, it was about States Rights or, perhaps, Northern Aggression. In his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln explained he had the duty to save the Union. The Battle Hymn of the Republic made it about ending slavery. In the end, it was about all these things and none of them because the single issue that drove the key events from 1775 to 1861 was money, the profits that slavery brought to slave owners.
This story is about how those profits varied from about 1775 to 1787 to 1794 and to 1861, how those changes drove political events, and how Eli Whitney (and the Industrial Revolution) moved the Southern "Slave Power" toward disunion.