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The 1860s: Freedom at Last

To Be A Slave
The Civil War and the End of Slavery
The Emancipation Proclamation
Reconstruction
1868-69 Constitutional Convention
George T. Ruby
Rise of Radical Republicanism

The institution of slavery was not the only issue at the heart of the Civil War. The rights of an individual state to decide its citizens' way of life also rested at the core of the conflict. Were the citizens of all states in the Union bound to preserve the United States Constitution at the expense of personal freedoms and financial success that cheap labor—namely, slavery—guaranteed?

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