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  • American Civil War

    Joint Crisis Committees (also known as JCC) are committees where historical crises or fictional crisis scenarios are discussed at two independently-running subcommittees whose actions and decisions influence one another, thus providing our more advanced delegates an experience like no other. The committee meeting are held in separate rooms and the interaction between cabinets is made possible by the crisis team who work to move information between them. The crisis team provides excellent opportunities for delegates to actively engage in debate, deal effectively with crises, and of course, have a lot of fun. In IELMUN 2019, the Joint Crisis Committees face one of the most well-known crises of the 19th century, the American Civil War, taking place between 1861-1865 primarily as a result of the long-standing disagreement over the enslavement of black people. When Abraham Lincoln won election in 1860 as the first Republican president with a promise to keep slavery out of the territories, seven slave states in “the Deep South” separated and formed a new nation, the Confederate States of America. The incoming Lincoln administration and most of the Northern people refused to recognize the legitimacy of separation. The event that prompted the war came at Fort Sumter in Charleston Bay on April 12, 1861. Claiming this United States fort as theirs, the Confederate armed forces on that day opened fire on the federal garrison and forced it to lower the American flag in surrender. Lincoln called out the armed forces to suppress this "insurrection."