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The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War

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bloody and indiscriminate one. Even with 750,000 dead, the Civil War could have been much worse. Military forces on both sides sought to contain casualties inflicted on soldiers and civilians. In Congress, in church pews, and in letters home, Americans debated the conditions under which lethal violence was legitimate, and their arguments differentiated carefully among victims—women and men, black and white, enslaved and free. Sometimes these well-meaning restraints led to more carnage by implicit­ly justifying the killing of people who were not protected by the laws of war. As the Civil War raged on, the Union’s confrontations with guerrillas and the Confederacy’s confrontations with black soldiers forced a new reckoning with traditional categories of lawful combat­ants and raised legal disputes that still hang over military operations around the world today. The conflict raises important questions for us about how democracies wage war.

About the Lecturer: Aaron Sheehan-Dean is the Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies at Louisiana State University and the chairman of the History Department. He teaches courses on nineteenth-century U.S. history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Southern History. He is the author of The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War, Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia, Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War, and is the editor of several books.

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Event

Start Date

29-5-2019 12:00 PM

End Date

29-5-2019 1:20 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Duration

1:14:23

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

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Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Subjects – Topical (LCSH)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Violence--United States--History--19th century

Subjects – Names (LCNAF)

Sheehan-Dean, Aaron Charles. Calculus of violence

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United States

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Moving Image

Keywords

American Civil War, Lawful combatants, Military operations

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English

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May 29th, 12:00 PM May 29th, 1:20 PM

The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War

Fairhaven College Auditorium

bloody and indiscriminate one. Even with 750,000 dead, the Civil War could have been much worse. Military forces on both sides sought to contain casualties inflicted on soldiers and civilians. In Congress, in church pews, and in letters home, Americans debated the conditions under which lethal violence was legitimate, and their arguments differentiated carefully among victims—women and men, black and white, enslaved and free. Sometimes these well-meaning restraints led to more carnage by implicit­ly justifying the killing of people who were not protected by the laws of war. As the Civil War raged on, the Union’s confrontations with guerrillas and the Confederacy’s confrontations with black soldiers forced a new reckoning with traditional categories of lawful combat­ants and raised legal disputes that still hang over military operations around the world today. The conflict raises important questions for us about how democracies wage war.

About the Lecturer: Aaron Sheehan-Dean is the Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies at Louisiana State University and the chairman of the History Department. He teaches courses on nineteenth-century U.S. history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Southern History. He is the author of The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War, Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia, Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War, and is the editor of several books.