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Slavery and the US Civil War, 1775-1865

1. What is Slavery?

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In this module, we explore the origins of the Atlantic trade and the reasons behind the importation of almost 10 million individuals from Africa in the period 1500-1900.


In this course, Professor Tim Lockley (University of Warwick) looks at the institution of slavery in the United States, thinking in particular about the period between the Revolutionary War (1775-83) and the American Civil War (1861-65). In particular, the course explores the growing tensions between the free states of the north and slave states of the south, the various compromises that were attempted in the course of the century in order to preserve the Union, and the impact and aftermath of the Civil War that took place between 1861-65.


Tim Lockley is Professor of American History at the University of Warwick. where his teaching and research interests include colonial and antebellum North America, with a particular focus on slavery and the South. He has written and edited a number of books, including 2009’s Welfare and Charity and the Antebellum South. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

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Lockley, T. (2018, August 15). Slavery and the US Civil War, 1775-1865 - What is Slavery? [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Lockley, T. "Slavery and the US Civil War, 1775-1865 – What is Slavery?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,