Secession and Civil War

"Am I not a man..." Frederick Douglass,
an ex-slave who bought his freedom

Lincoln's election in 1860 brought the Southern states to the point of secession and Lincoln to a fateful question: Should he allow peaceful secession or should he coerce the rebels to stay in the Union?

 I. Secession of the South

II. The North and the South Compared

III. Early Strategies of the Opposing Sides
For a quick view of key events and battles, see the Chart: Key Civil War Events
IV. Northern Domestic Issues
  V. Northern Foreign Issues
Please cite this source when appropriate:

 Feldmeth, Greg D. "U.S. History Resources" (31 March 1998).

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