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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “The Causes of the Civil War: 1787-1861,” a lecture by Dr. Don Hickey, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Hickey, a Wayne State College professor of history, will explore the causes of the conflict. He will focus on various compromises that started in 1787. The compromises were forged to deal with the status of the institution of slavery in federal territories in the West.

 “Slavery in the existing states did not cause the Civil War. Rather, it was the status of this institution in the federal territories in the West,” says Hickey.

Hickey will follow his Jan. 28 lecture with “The Civil War, 1861-1865” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4. The second lecture will examine the military and naval history of the conflict and explore how a war over the future of the Union turned into a war to abolish slavery.

“The South assumed it was fighting the same kind of defensive war that the Thirteen Colonies had fought in 1775, and like them, it would win, but it didn’t. We will try to figure out why,” says Hickey.

Hickey is a specialist in early American history and American military history. He is best known for his books, “The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict” (University of Illinois Press) and “Nebraska Moments: Glimpses of Nebraska’s Past” (University of Nebraska Press). Hickey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.