San Diego State University, Department of History
Thursday, September 19, 2013
University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room 269
Abstract:Abraham Lincoln hoped that the "better angels of our nature" would stop halt the drive to war. They didn't. Instead, the Civil War unleashed demons on the nation and brought hell to earth. Whether in the diaries of soldiers, the political cartoons of newspapers, or the speeches of leading statesmen, biblical evil was on display in every facet of American society. In "Satan was the first Secessionist," award-winning historian Edward J. Blum brings us to the dark side of this Civil War and what uses the prince of darkness to shed new light on the war that almost destroyed America.