Here’s Professor Ed Ayers giving an outstanding presentation to a group of teachers on what caused the Civil War. I especially like how he dispels the myth that “the North” was industrial and the war came on in part because of “an industrialized North” competing with “an agricultural South.” He also dispels the ahistorical nonsense that secession was due to taxes, specifically the tariff. He ends by talking about how emancipation grew out of the war.
Unfortunately, there are a few areas where the sound quality is extremely poor.
The video’s description reads, “Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor in Humanities at the University of Richmond, and founding chair of the American Civil War Museum leads Museum Teacher Institute participants though an examination of the controversies that led to increased sectional tensions.”