Forrest Nabors on the Missouri Compromise

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James Madison College: “The Missouri Compromise and the Coming of America’s Peloponnesian War”


On February 19, 2019, Forrest Nabors will appear as the 2019 Jack Paynter speaker at James Madison College at Michigan State University, a JMC partner program.

On the eve of the 200th anniversary of the Missouri Compromise, Professor Nabors will unveil a new interpretation of that momentous event, placing it in the larger context of American political development. The controversy that erupted in 1819 broke the political coalition between northern and southern emancipationists that had held firm since the American Founding. The subsequent line dividing slavery and freedom in America strengthened the division of the country into “Athenian and Lacedemonian confederacies.” The establishment of this line ended the possibility that America might develop uniformly towards republicanism and emancipation. Instead, oligarchy and republicanism would each develop in their own domain, setting the stage for inter-regime conflict and finally, inter-regime war, our Peloponnesian War.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 • Reception at 5:30 PM – Lecture at 6:00 PM
Lincoln Room • Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

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Forrest NaborsForrest Nabors received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and he currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. His current scholarship focuses on the changing character of American government leading up to the Civil War and Reconstruction, and his first book From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction (MU Press) recently received the APSA American Political Thought Award for Best Book of 2017. He has also taught government and political philosophy at University of Oregon and Oregon State University, and prior to returning to academia, he was a high-tech business executive in Portland, OR.

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The Jack Paynter Endowed Lecture annually celebrates the life of James Madison College founding faculty member Jack Paynter. It is funded generously by gifts from former students, friends, family, and colleagues. The Paynter lecture brings renowned speakers to James Madison College to discuss historical, philosophical, social, legal, and political subjects in the spirit of Jack’s career and intellectual curiosity.

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James Madison College, a JMC partner program, is a Michigan State University school that focuses upon politics, government, and public policy. The students and faculty share a common goal of addressing and examining the major political, legal, social, and economic issues affecting our world. Each major within the college allows students to examine a unique aspect of public affairs while developing strong communication, analytic and problem-solving skills. Graduates of James Madison College go on to careers in government, politics, business, education, and human services, as well as continue their education at top graduate and law schools.

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