In 1857, the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision had the potential to legalize slavery everywhere in the United States.
After surviving his failed siege of the armory at Harpers Ferry, John Brown went on trial.
With the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the war merged with the abolitionist cause. The Proclamation had included an unexpected clause: at last, black men could enlist in the armed services of the United States.
The daughter of one of South Carolina's first families, Angelina Grimke believed slavery was a sin.