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The American Civil War

Host Susie and historian Mark Weber look back at the conflict that claimed many more American lives, by far, than any other war. The conflict that many Southerners have called The War Between the States took the lives of more than half a million Americans, and brought immense suffering, destruction and privation. In this most severe crisis in American history, Weber notes, the US Constitution failed. In waging war to force southern states back into the federal union, President Lincoln for example suspended the constitutional rights of free speech and habeas corpus by shutting down anti-war newspapers and jailing without trial anti-war political figures. Although slavery did end as a consequence of the conflict, it was not the cause of the war, nor was it Lincoln's goal.

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