Presentation highlights Civil War history

Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 11:04 PM CDT
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CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -A night of history brought in locals Tuesday as former Culver-Stockton College History Professor Patrick Hotle held a presentation “Slavery and Abolition on the Missouri-Illinois border” at the Canton Public Library.

“I think history is so important for people to know and I think its quite easy for us to downplay the importance of our local history because its familiar, its close, we think, ‘Oh surely it can’t be that important,’” Hotle said. “And in this particular case, the history of Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois really was important in the coming of the civil war.”

The presentation covered the big names of local history and their impact on us.

Hotle said he hopes to share just how much of an impact this area had on the events leading up to the American Civil War.

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