Civil War 150

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

Part 2: Fury Unleashed

Years of built up tension are released when the opening shots of the Civil War are fired.

Part 3: Northern Resurgence

The North continues its efforts to crush the rebellion and pushes the Confederacy to the brink of collapse.

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