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This is a painting of the violent conflict at the Battle of Atlanta.
Library of Congress

Learn About the Civil War in 15 Minutes

Short on time and want to get an overview of the Civil War?

Learn about the Civil War in 15 minutes.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Read a brief overview of the American Civil War. This short article gives a brief overview of the war and focuses on the causes of the war.
  2. Watch The War Between the States In4. This short gives a very brief overview of the entire war: the lead-up, the conflict, and the aftermath.
  3. Browse the Civil War Timeline to help put the war’s events into context and relationships. 

Total time: 15 minutes 

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