Explore General Sherman's March through the south during the Civil War.
Legacy of the Civil War
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One hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War is still an important component of our national character.
The Failure of Reconstruction
The Failure of ReconstructionVideo Clip (2:35)
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Reconstruction turns the south into a different type of battleground. Constitutional amendments grant freedom and suffrage to African-Americans but equality remains elusive.
Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech
Lincoln's Most Pivotal SpeechVideo Clip (3:02)
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Which of President Lincoln's many eloquent speeches was the most important?
America and the Civil War
America and the Civil WarVideo Clip (4:04)
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Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.
Massachusetts 54th Regiment
Massachusetts 54th RegimentVideo Clip (2:48)
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The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first official black units in the U.S. armed forces. Their courageous assault on Fort Wagner played a key role in bringing about an end to slavery.
Civil War in One Word
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If you had just one word to describe the Civil War, what would it be?
Civil War's Greatest Myth
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What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.
Civil War Turning Point
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Find out what event turned the tide of the Civil War.
Frederick DouglassVideo Clip (2:25)
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Find out how Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become one of the most respected and effective abolitionist leaders.
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of Independence
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After the carnage at the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln reaffirms his commitment to achieving freedom for all.
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation
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The Emancipation Proclamation refocuses the purpose of the Civil War to address the issue of slavery.
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Stokely Carmichael, leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, spoke to a crowd in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1964.
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Slave Life(9 Photos)
View pictures of North American slave life during the 18th and 19th centuries, featuring pictures of slaves themselves and the environments in which they worked and lived.
The Battle Over Slavery
The Battle Over Slavery(12 Photos)
Explore images of abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and much more as you learn about the battle over slavery in the United States.
Andrew Johnson(14 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Andrew Johnson.
Civil War: Union Military Leaders
Civil War: Union Military Leaders(13 Photos)
View images of Union leaders from the Civil War, like Abraham Linoln and Ulysses S. Grant, and learn more about the roles they played in this bloody engagment.
Civil War: Confederate Leaders
Civil War: Confederate Leaders(13 Photos)
View images of Confederate leaders from the Civil War, like Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and learn more about the roles they played protecting the southern states.
Civil War: Artifacts
Civil War: Artifacts(9 Photos)
Explore Civil War artifacts, from medical kits and personal hygiene items, to carbines and currency.
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