About the Show

Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, the first episode of this series dramatically evokes the causes of the American Civil War. Here are the burning questions of Union and States' rights, John Brown at Harper's Ferry, the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the firing on Fort Sumter and the rush to arms. Major figures such as Lincoln, Lee and Grant are introduced while the episode concludes with the disastrous Union defeat at Manassas, Virginia. Part 1 of 9.