Lead: One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Jefferson Finis Davis began his years as Confederate president with a daunting series of tasks: he had to create a nation where none existed, build an industrial infrastructure, fight off a potentially much larger Union military juggernaut, generate revenue to pay for all this, and find allies. His rival, Abraham Lincoln, faced tough challenges as well. He had to ramp up a seriously ill-prepared army and navy and with it invade a land mass as large as European Russia, all the while dealing with a divided Northern population, fickle and ultra sensitive to Union defeats in the following two years.