National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: March 21, 1861

The Cornerstone Speech

Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens

CSA Vice President Alexander Stephens explains the new Confederate Constitution: "its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man."

Now: March 17, 2011

Slavery Still Debated

Drawing of a slave with words 'Am I not a man and a brother?'

Slavery's role as a cause of the Civil War and even the mere use of the term itself is still a divisive issue.

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