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The Civil War by Ken Burns: The Cause, 1861 Part 1

The stage is set for war as the nation begins to tear apart. Opposition by the North to slavery in the South fuels a bitter debate, and the country wrestles with conflicts between the Union and States’ rights. Commanding center stage are twering figures– Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. From Harper’s Ferry to Fort Sumter, the first chapters unfold in a conflict from which there would be no turning back.

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