Part 1: The Road to Civil War
Abraham Lincoln's election spurred the slave-holding states of the Deep South to secede from the United States and form a confederacy.
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GRAPHIC: Gene Thorp - The Washington Post. Published on Nov. 1, 2010
Years of built up tension are released when the opening shots of the Civil War are fired.
The North continues its efforts to crush the rebellion and pushes the Confederacy to the brink of collapse.
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