Travel Back in United States History: American Civil
Celebrate the Civil War: 150 Year Anniversary
Civil War (1860-1865)
Conflict over issues of how much
control the federal government should have over the states,
industrialization, trade, and especially slavery had increased
tension between Northern and Southern states.
After Abraham Lincoln was
elected president in 1860, 11 Southern states seceded (or
withdrew) from the Union and set up an independent
government--the Confederate States of America. These events led
to the outbreak of the Civil War--a brutal, bloody, four-year
conflict that left the South defeated and ended slavery at the
cost of more than half a million lives.