On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter, officially signaling the start of the American Civil War. A gathering of nationally respected legal scholars and historians will consider the constitutional issues raised by the conflict during a daylong conference at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.
“The Constitution and the Sectional Conflict” will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with a program that will discuss the ways in which the Constitution shaped and was shaped by the dispute over slavery and the conflict between North and South more generally. The morning session will deal with the relationship between slavery and the framing of the Constitution, while the afternoon session will focus on the constitutional issues that divided North and South during the period immediately preceding the Civil War.
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