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Lincoln warned the Confederacy that unless they rejoined the Union

a. Congress would ratify the Thirteenth Amendment, which forever outlawed slavery.
b. he would seek the help of French troops in concluding the war.
c. he would issue a proclamation to free all the slaves within the seceded states.
d. he would seek the help of British troops in concluding the war.

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60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2567, The Emancipation Proclamation
Abraham Lincoln used emancipation as a weapon of war.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2566, Lincoln asserts his authority
Lincoln ignored the Supreme Court's ruling on habeas corpus, and Congress backed him up with legislation.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2565, Taney vs. Lincoln
The chief justice of the Supreme Court and President Lincoln squared off over Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2564, Too strong or too weak?
Abraham Lincoln had to simultaneously exercise and limit his powers during the Civil War to preserve the Union and the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2563, Congress approves Lincoln's actions
Lincoln acted to aggressively counter secession; Congress supported him.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2562, Unprecedented presidential powers
President Lincoln exercised unprecedented presidential powers during wartime.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2561, Slavery and the Confederate constitution
The Confederates wrote a constitution based on the U.S. Constitution, but protected slavery.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2560, The philosophy behind the Confederacy
The Confederates believed they were fighting a second American Revolution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2559, Lincoln and the start of the Civil War
The Civil War begins, and Lincoln responds quickly.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2558, Abraham Lincoln and secession
Abraham Lincoln's election prompted eleven Southern states to secede.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2557, Taney and the Dred Scott decision
Chief Justice Taney hoped his ruling in Dred Scott would resolve the slavery issue peacefully. It did the opposite.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2556, The reasoning behind the Dred Scott decision
In the infamous Supreme Court decision of Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Court held that African Americans were not citizens.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2555, The Dred Scott decision
Dred Scott sued for his freedom in a Supreme Court case that inflamed opinions on both sides of the slavery debate.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2554, Free soil and fugitive slaves
California was admitted to the Union as a state that banned slavery, but the South got a stronger Fugitive Slave Act in return.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2553, The aftermath of the Mexican-American War
How did California's statehood affect slavery in the United States? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2552, Admitting slave and free states
The Missouri Compromise kept the balance between the free and slave states for sixty years.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2551, The divisive issue of slavery
Abolitionists asserted that the Framers of the Constitution were ashamed of slavery.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2550, Slavery in the Constitution
The Framers of the Constitution sought to avoid the issue of slavery during the Philadelphia Convention.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2549, What's wrong with the party system?
What's wrong with the political party system today?
60-Second Civics: Episode 2548, Purposes of political parties
Political parties can give people a sense of organized participation in government.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2547, Purposes of political parties today
What is the purpose of political parties today? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2546, Political parties as additional checks and balances
Martin Van Buren thought that political parties provided an additional set of checks and balances.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2545, Advantages of political parties
Martin Van Buren identified several advantages of political parties.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2544, Martin Van Buren on political parties
Martin Van Buren and Thomas Jefferson had differing views about the role of political parties.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2543, The Twelfth Amendment
The Twelfth Amendment gave political parties an ongoing role in American politics.