150 years after the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, the Civil War still impacts the United States in profound ways.
While the Bay State sees itself as the cradle of the Revolutionary War, its role in the fight for 19th century American unity is as compelling and possibly more relevant in our lives today than even those 18th-century founding fathers.
Massachusetts was home to abolitionists, free blacks, industrialists and politicians — some of whom hated Lincoln.
Massachusetts supplied soldiers for the Union and money for the war effort. And racial tensions in the state were, at times, boiling as hot as they did anywhere else in the nation.
We dive into the state's Civil War-era history.
- Lou Masur, chair of the American Studies Program at Trinity College; author of the "The Civil War, a Concise History."
- Read a letter from a corporal in the famed Massachusetts 54th
- Read the Civil War diary of Sgt. Henry W. Tisdale, of the Massachusetts 35th
- The American Revolution as Civil War and the Civil War as Revolution at the Old State House, April 13, 7pm
This segment aired on April 13, 2011.