The question of "the peculiar institution" known as slavery had been hotly debated long before the American Civil War. This video outlines the reasons the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were necessary. The Founding Fathers left the slavery issue unaddressed, and a series of events occurred throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries which ultimately led to the Civil War.
History in a Nutshell is a series that explains historical events in layman's terms. Produced by Knowitall.org, a K-12 website owned and managed by South Carolina ETV.
Viewer discretion is advised, as it may contain content which some may find controversial.