Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th U.S. president and prepares to face the sectional crisis head-on.
Southerners celebrate the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the first president of the Confederate States of America.
The Lincolns hold their final reception in their Springfield home as they prepare for their move to Washington.
A convention opens in Montgomery as delegates from the seceded states start working to form a new nation.
The United States of America had been in existence for less than a century when it was nearly shattered by the most terrible conflict in its history. Why did it happen?
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