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Course explores causes of civil war

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Husband-and-wife team Joe and Tami Stallard will instruct the lifelong learning sessions on the Civil War.

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will bring back popular lecturer Jon Stallard—joined this time by his wife Tami—for “Genesis of Civil War.” The three-session course will take place on February 15 and 22, and March 1 (Fridays), 1-3 p.m., at RCC’s Warsaw Campus.

The battles and leaders of the American Civil War are well known. Less understood is the question of how a nation “so conceived and so dedicated” could split within a generation of its founding. This course examines the sectional, social, and political differences between North and South from the earliest 17th-century settlements, through 18th-century colonial rivalries, to the desperate but futile compromises of the first half of the 19th century.

Jon Stallard holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, history, and education from Virginia Commonwealth University. An author, lecturer, and genealogist, he is also co-owner and a morning show co-host on Tappahannock’s WRAR Radio. Tami Stallard earned undergraduate degrees in history and social work from Wartburg College, and a master’s degree in social work from VCU. She teaches at an elementary school in Hanover County.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Genesis of Civil War” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at