It’s been nearly 150 years since the close of the US Civil War, but the effects, and some of the arguments, continue to be felt today. Two years ago, a petition allowing Texas to secede from the US received over 100,000 online signatures, and prompted a response from the White House. Here in Missouri, lawmakers last year pushed a bill to nullify all federal gun control laws in the state. It ultimately failed, but that hasn’t stopped legislators from introducing similar legislation in this session.
Today on Intersection, we’ll talk about the lasting effects of the US Civil War, examine the re-energized states’ rights debate, and talk about other ways the Civil War is felt today.
Frank Bowman, the Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the MU School of Law
Marvin Overby, a professor in MU’s department of political science