When seven southern states seceded from the Union over the winter of 1860– 61, they did so mainly as a result of the election of Abraham Lincoln as president. Lincoln was an unlikely winner from an unlikely party in an unlikely year.
A Compromise to Save the Union
White Americans found compromises between slavery and freedom in the early years of the nation.
The Call to Fight SLAVE REBELLIONS
To Nat Turner, the unusual bluish-green sun that dawned one morning was a sign.
A Deep Divide
Long before fighting with guns started in the Civil War (1861–1865), Americans fought with words and ideas. As this issue shows, nearly all the disagreements involved slavery, and efforts to compromise never permanently eliminated the threat that slavery presented to the nation’s united future.