With a stroke of a pen the Union government outlawed the enslavement of 4 million people. The truth was that the war was not going well for the North and they had to pass the Emancipation Proclamation in order to win.
As we celebrate Independence Day, it is worth remembering how important documents are to us - and where the authority for those documents comes from.
Our country today, April 12, marks the 150th anniversary of the official start of the Civil War with the firing on Fort Sumter.
150 years ago today, the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.
Some groups want to remember the Confederacy "the right way." Whatever can they mean?
Book review: Eric Foner's "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."