Levin College Forum

The United States Military, Slavery, and State Building in the Early Republic

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Sweet Seminar Room
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
About this Event

David F. Ericson is a visiting associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Cleveland State University.  He is the author of three books, most recently Slavery in the American Republic: Developing the Federal Government, 1791-1861 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2011), and two edited volumes.  He has also published in major political science and history journals.  Previously, he has taught at George Mason University, University at Albany (SUNY), Wichita State University, Washington University, and Oberlin College. 

Traditionally, politics and history scholars have argued that the American central state was weak in period before the Civil War; and weak because Southern slaveholders opposed a strong federal government.  Dr. Ericson’s talk contests this conventional wisdom, in particular by analyzing how the presence of slavery contributed to the development of the US military.

Pizza will be provided!