History through Statues: the American Civil War

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Steven Bishop

In the final instalment of a three-part series of US history through East Anglian statues, this talk will begin where we last left off in 1815 after US success against the British in the War of 1812, and will explore the events and developments that led to the fateful American Civil War. Ultimately the talk will aim to answer one pivotal question: how did the issue of slavery lead to the disintegration of the Union by 1861? This will all be explored through the statue of East Anglian man Thomas Clarkson, whose tireless campaigning for the abolition of slavery in Britain would have significant consequences across the Atlantic.