American Civil War: History, Key Figures and Battles
Though fighting in the American Civil War began April 12th, 1861, the events leading up to this outbreak of violence started years earlier. A rift between Northern and Southern U.S. states was felt on the subject of slavery, as the southern economy depended on free labor. Republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln upheld more Northern ideals, and after his election at the end of 1860, a number of states seceded to form the Confederate States of America. Four years of bloody battle followed, but ultimately the end of the war marked a symbolic end to slavery in the United States. In this video, WatchMojo.com learns about the history, battles and important figures of the American Civil War (1861-1865).