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In 1820, the Electoral College gave James Monroe all but a single vote. Forty years later, this show of united purpose, following the War of 1812, would lead to the secession of eleven states and the bloodiest war in American History. In those forty years the antagonism between the North and the South would lead from skepticism to distrust to hatred, and ultimately, to war. Was the war inevitable? This study group will try to answer that question by reviewing events from 1820 to 1861, paying particular attention to the “Road[s] Not Taken”.
Recommended Reading: Battle Cry of Freedom, James McPherson
John Northgraves is a 1967 graduate of Tufts in political science, and after service in the Navy, he began a career in technology. John is currently an adjunct faculty member in history at Mass Bay Community College where he has taught since 2013. Before teaching at MBCC, he conducted study groups in history at Tufts University and Regis College during 2010 to 2013.
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