Welcome to the first of a series of online readings of original sources from the Civil War, titled The Civil War: Told by Those Who Lived It, published by The Library of America. The first series concerns the controversies and events that led to secession and war.
I invite participants to read the words of key participants and to comment and discuss their meaning. There are a series of discussion questions provided at the end of the readings. Participants can share their thoughts by directly answering those questions or any observations they wish to make about these readings and the causes that led to the central crisis in American History.
I will be checking back frequently and periodically responding to comments.