WVSU Convocation Speaker Asks, “Was the Civil War a Just War?”

10/6/2012
WVSU Convocation Speaker Asks, “Was the Civil War a Just War?”

College of Business and Social Sciences convocation honors 150th anniversary of Civil War

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- As this country observes the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, one historian raises the question of whether the Civil War was a just war.

Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Professor at West Virginia University, will discuss the theory of a just war and how both the Confederates and Federals used it to justify their actions, at West Virginia State University’s College of Business and Social Sciences Convocation Oct. 11 at 12:30 p.m., in Wallace Hall, Room 122.

Sheehan-Dean will explain the moral, political and legal frameworks that shaped how the North and South fought the Civil War, and how each side sanctioned the use of lethal violence or harsh measures against non-combatants. According to Sheehan-Dean, both sides sought to justify their own behavior by referencing historical claims to a just war and portrayed their opponents as having violated those precepts. 

Sheehan-Dean is the author of several books on the Civil War and has conducted workshops across the country.  WVSU’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences coordinated his appearance on the campus. 

The College of Business and Social Sciences Convocation is a program of the WV Humanities Council Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau and is open to the public.

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