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"The Tradgic Prelude. John Brown." Copy of mural by John Steuart Curry in the State Capital of Topeka, KS, ca. 1937-42. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration
 
A number of articles in this section cover the introduction and spread of slavery below the Mason-Dixon line and the gradual outlawing of slavery north of that line.  Others address the American Revolution, which brought independence and the proclamation that “all men are created equal” (except black slaves, who were counted as three-fifths of a person, according to the Constitution).  Still others describe Jacksonian democracy, abolitionism in the North, and the turmoil of the 1850s (Bleeding Kansas, John Brown’s Raid) that preceded the war itself.

The Slavery Period (1619-1860)

The American Revolution, Constitution and Founding Fathers (1770-1820)

Jacksonian Democracy, Abolitionism and the Failure of Unity (1820-1860)

 
    The Slavery Period
(1619-1860)

The American Revolution, Constitution and Founding
Fathers (1770-1820)

Jacksonian Democracy, Abolitionism and the Failure
of Unity (1820-1860)
 
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1862       1864
 
    Abraham Lincoln
Other Unionists
Jefferson Davis
Other Confederates
 
    Ulysses S. Grant
Other Union Leaders

Robert E. Lee
Other Confederate Leaders
 
  Union Soldiers and Sailors
Confederate Soldiers and Sailors
Northern Civilians
Southern Civilians
 
  Slavery During the War
The Growth of Freedmen
The Emancipation Proclamation
United States Colored Troops
 
  The North
The South
From Slavery to Freedom
– and Back Again
 
   
 
  Washington, DC, Area During the War
Richmond During the War
The Medical Field During the War
Modern Events About the Civil War
Movies About the Civil War
Newspapers, Magazines, Books on the Civil War
Other
 
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