The Civil War: America's 2nd Revolution

The Civil War: America's 2nd Revolution

One hundred fifty years ago four million people were held as slaves in the United States: Historians weigh in on the ongoing efforts to better understand the causes, costs, and consequences of the Civil War.

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of what's been called America’s second revolution, the Civil War. When it began in 1861, four million Americans were held as slaves by other Americans. When it ended four years later, more than 600 hundred thousand people were dead and many others never counted. It was a war, for and against, the right to secede and a war, for and against, the institution of slavery. Historians weigh in on how years of appeasement and compromise on slavery came to an end, the death and destruction unleashed by the war, and its meaning and memory today.


Adam Goodheart

professor,Washington College
historian, journalist, and critic.
author of "1861: The Civil War Awakening"

David Blight

professor and director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition
Yale University

Thavolia Glymph

associate professor, Duke University

Chandra Manning

associate professor,
Georgetown University

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