The Civil War The Road to Division

Slavery was woven into the fabric of the nation from the beginning.

The country founded on the principle of all men being created with certain rights came into question in regards to slavery.

The Confederate states in the south clung to slavery as the source of labor to uphold the economy while the Union in the North began to question it.

The debate over new territory fanned the flames of the burning question of slavery and it was nearly ready to explode.

Tensions finally explode in an attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina on April 12, 1861.

THE CIVIL WAR HAS BEGUN. THE ORIGINAL UNION OF STATES FINDS ITSELF DIVIDED AND FIGHTING UNTIL 1865.

By Lindsey Turner

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Created with images by TJJohn12 - "Map showing the distribution of the slave population of the southern states of the United States." • Gustavo La Rotta Amaya - "Slavery in chains" • Boston Public Library - "All men are by nature equally free! And independent! And have certain inherent rights of which, when then enter into a state of society! They cannot by any compact deprive or divest their posterity! Namely the enjoyment of life and liberty" • CircaSassy - "A short history of the United States; for school use (1900)"

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