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In the 1860s, an issue that had divided the United States for decades reached a boiling point. The issue was slavery, and the election of Abraham Lincoln, who was against slavery's expansion, sparked the nation's bloodiest war to date. This compelling title explains the conflicting viewpoints that led to the Civil War and its key events with language that is accessible and engaging to struggling readers. Young historians will learn about the Civil War's significant battles, including Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg, in addition to the Emancipation Proclamation. Complete with captivating black-and-white photos, a timeline to aid with reading comprehension, and thought-provoking fact-boxes, this title is sure to leave readers with a valuable understanding of the war that ultimately united the country in ending the brutal practice of slavery.