A History of the Americas from 1789-1861



In 1789, the U.S. Constitution--a document written and agreed upon by delegates from all of the colonies--was ratified.

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The original 13 colonies had agreed to come together as one country.

But by 1861, just seventy years later, the country was at war with itself in a conflict that would kill more Americans than all other wars combined.

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How did this happen?