The year 1861 was a dire one for the United States. In its opening months, five southern states joined South Carolina in seceding from the Union. In the recent 1860 election, the victor Abraham Lincoln hadn’t even appeared on the ballots of a third of the states in the Union. A bloody civil war loomed. [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on December 7, 2010, under - Civil Rights, - Civil War, - Constitution.
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