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Abraham Lincoln famously said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” By the 19th century, the United States had become divided over the ‘peculiar institution’ of slavery, with the slave-holding South viewed by the free North as immoral. After Lincoln was elected President, the tensions exploded into bloody civil war. Brother was pitted against brother over four years of brutal combat, but there was so much more to it than a fight over slavery. We’ve got the full story from page 42.

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