The California and the Civil War CD contains all of the information presented in our multimedia presentation, along with animated maps and charts and plenty of extra material that cannot be covered in the live show.
In the 1850's, California led the nation in deadly encounters on the field of honor. It had a reputation to uphold, and it did so in style when its pro-Southern Chief Justice, David Terry, shot and killed David Broderick, the state's "Free Soil" US Senator, in a duel over slavery.
The most important election in US history was also the most confusing. Four candidates vied for the presidency, and some of them did not even appear on ballots outside their region. We tell the story here with a special emphasis on California's role.