Friday, September 9, 2011

Coming Thursday October 6, 2012

Dr. Stanley Harrrold will discuss his book Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before The Civil War.Border War examines the previously neglected violent cross-border clashes between the Lower North and Border South that began several generations before the Civil War. By the 1840s and 1850s, a dangerous ferment afflicted the North-South border region, pitting the slave states of Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri against the free states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. In “Border War,” Harrold explores many facets of this conflict. “In ‘Border War,’ I depict aspects of the slavery struggle, including the Underground Railroad, enforcement of the fugitive slave laws, mob actions and sectional antagonism,” Harrold explains. Harrold, who began teaching history at SC State University more than 30 years ago, wrote seven books prior to “Border War.” Most of them portray the complex dynamics leading to the Civil War. (South Carolina State University web site)