Abraham Lincoln

Battle of Wilson's Creek, 10th August 10, 1861 (c.1893)

What did the violence in the bloodiest conflict in US history yield in the postwar era?

Richard Nixon

The contrast between Abraham Lincoln and presidential candidate Donald Trump could hardly be more striking. Yet both men can be placed within the continually evolving politics of the Grand Old Party, argues Tim Stanley.

Jefferson Davis in 1861

Arnold Whitridge on the former Senator from Mississippi, who led the Government of the South during the Civil War in the United States.

Bombardment of Fort Sumter by Currier & Ives (1837–1885).

Taking a historiographical angle, Marcus Cunliffe describes how, in 1861, the American federal experiment broke down, and there ensued the greatest and most hard-fought of modern wars before that of 1914.

The capture of New Orleans, 24 April 1862.

The American Civil War was not a simple struggle between slaveholders and abolitionists, argues Tim Stanley.

Fort Sumter, 1861, flying the Confederate flag

One of the founder members of the Confederacy seceded from the United States on 20 December 1860.

W. E. B. Du Bois, co-founder of the NAACP, in 1918

John Kirk charts the progress of the civil rights movement through its most prominent body, the NAACP.

Composite image of portrait photographs of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas

The last of seven debates between the two Senate candidates took place on October 15th, 1858.

'The Monitor and Merrimac: The First Fight Between Ironclads', a chromolithograph of the Battle of Hampton Roads, produced by Louis Prang & Co., Boston

Gervase Phillips points out the limitations in a common interpretation.

John Spicer judges that slavery was the key factor in producing the conflict.