American civil war
With the Declaration of Independence in 1776, 13 former British colonies became the United States of America, but by the 1830s it was clear the new nation was divided. Explore articles on the causes, events and legacy of the American Civil War (1861–65) – from how the issue of slavery created discord between north and south, to key moments such as the battle of Gettysburg.
Joyce Lee Malcolm on gun ownership in America “Why is the right to be armed such an emotional one for Americans? No police force can protect everyone, or even any one, all of the time”