The beginnings of the American Civil War lie buried in the differences between the North and the South. By compromise and argument, the agricultural South and the industrial North each tried to control the federal government for its benefit. But wide differences between the two sides’ economies, lifestyles and attitudes toward slavery created increasingly irreconcilable differences, culminating in the shelling of Fort Sumter and, with it, the start of the Civil War. Produced by Paul Burnford.
20 minutes • Color