Series: Slavery and the Civil War

One hundred and fifty years ago, the institution of slavery was finally destroyed with the end of the Civil War. Socialist Worker writers tell the story.
  • Slavery and the roots of racism

    The American Civil War ended 150 years ago, and with it, the system of slavery that built the U.S.--and world capitalism.

  • The resistance to history's enormous crime

    The history of slavery is also a history of resistance and of the revolutionary overthrow of an entrenched system.

  • The road to the Civil War

    The North and South were on a collision course, but the shape and timing of the conflict depended on political questions.

  • To save the Union or to free the slaves?

    A war against slaveholders had to be transformed into a war against slavery for the North to win the Civil War.

  • The Civil War becomes a revolutionary war

    For the North to defeat the Southern Confederacy, the Union Army had to be transformed into an army of liberation.

  • Reconstruction after the war

    The formal emancipation of slaves after the Civil War constituted a significant but incomplete advance for the working class.