In the second episode of our Civil War miniseries, John Peterson takes a closer look at the Constitutional foundations of the crisis, the economics of slavery, the abolitionists, the political scene at the time, and provides a brief timeline of events leading up to secession and the war itself. Full transcript:

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Music: "Battle Cry of Freedom", University of California, Santa Barbara Library (CC BY-NC 2.5).

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