In These Books, Every Page You Turn Is Another Turning Point in History

Soldiers At Bull Run Railroad Tracks

In 1860, the country was a powder keg. The southern way of life relied heavily on the cotton trade and on the slaves who worked its fields. With little in the way of manufacturing capacity, the southern states needed a steady flow of exports and imports, But the federal government had imposed steep tariffs that stifled overseas trade. At the same time, northern abolitionists agitated for the end of the "slavocracy." Southerners believed the citizens of each state had a right to decide the slavery issue for themselves. All attempts at political compromise failed.

In the presidential election of 1860, the abolitionists threw their support behind Abe Lincoln, a candidate so despised by southerners that his name didn't even appear on the ballot in some states. When Lincoln won the presidency with only 43% of the popular vote, eleven Southern states seceded from the Union. The fuse on the powder keg had been lit. To learn more, browse this bookshelf of non-fiction about the Civil War.

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