Authors Olivia Mahoney and Eric Foner employ over 500 artifacts and photographs from the Chicago History Museum's collection. They examine the institution of slavery, explore the economic development of the antebellum North and West, trace the rise of the antislavery movement and the sectional political controversies that led to war, and treat the Civil War both as a bloody military confrontation and as a catalyst of far-reaching changes in American life. Black and white photographs and drawings throughout. Paperback. 179 pages.