American Civil War Era - Page 2

The American Civil War Era was one of political, social, sectional, economic, and racial tensions, predominately revolving around the issues of slavery and states rights. A major part of this era was the American Civil War (1861-1865), which broke out after the Confederate states seceded from the Union. The Union victory meant the reunification of the country and the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Explore the topics below to learn more about this period through newspaper articles and clippings.

"First Battle of Bull Run," by Kurz & Allison

First Battle of Bull Run

Summary On July 21, 1861, the Confederates defeated the Union army in the First Battle of Bull Run (also called the First Battle of Manassas), the first major conflict of the American Civil War. The battle would signal to both sides that the war would be longer and bloodier than either had anticipated. Background In …Read More

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c.?1822– March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John …Read More

Map of routes of the Underground Railroad,

Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid-19th century, and used by African-American slaves to escape into free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The term is also applied to the …Read More