Friday, February 2, 2018 at 1:00pm
Social Sciences Building (SOS), 250
3502 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Alice Baumgartner is a historian of the 19th century and the coming of the Civil War. She is also trained in Latin American History, with an M.A. from Oxford, obtained during her appointment as a Rhodes Scholar. Her dissertation, “Abolition from the South: Mexico and the Road to the U.S. Civil War, 1800-67,” advances a bold and highly original idea that Mexico’s adoption of anti-slavery played a fundamental role in the coming of the Civil War, raising legal and transnational questions about popular sovereignty and the maintenance of the Missouri Compromise in the territories of the Mexican cession. In Baumgartner’s view, these debates provoked a causal chain reaction that led to the war.