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What Is A Civil War?One may believe a civil war is an oxymoron. To most people a civil war is civil if two communities brought their different points to a big meeting and then came to a compromise. Even then one should have doubts of calling that a civil war.The civil war was the one and only war Americans had with themselves. In other wars America fought for their countries freedom or to assist other countries in need, the civil war was Americans in opposition to Americans, North against South. The civil war was an all American war, where each side had a motive, and a principle for why they fought in this war. Now, centuries later, we've come to the question, "can a civil war be civil?"In...
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At the end of the Civil War, it was expected that the newly freed blacks would have equal rights; however, we know from history that, both then and now, blacks have not received the same treatment as whites. Before the Civil War occurred slavery was in use, which treated Blacks as though they were property rather than human beings. Even after the Civil WarBlack codes and Jim Crowism were instituted which still denied Blacks of their civil rights. Although it appears as though the violation of Black's civil rights happened years ago, it still happens to this day. Prior to the civil war slavery was found everywhere in the south. Black worked on the plantations to help grow, cultivate,...
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The Civil War was the fundamental event in America's historical realization. The war fixed two necessary questions which left it unclear by the revolution. The war all started because of rigid differences between the freemen and the slave states over the power of the national government to ban slavery in the regions that had not became states yet. The American Civil War was the biggest and by far the most vicious battle in the Western world between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the beginning of World War I in 1914. Northern victory was the war that preserved the United States as one nation and broken the foundation of slavery that had separated the country from its beginning...
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In 1861 the United States began splitting apart. The South felt oppressed by the "Yankee tyrants". They claimed they were fighting for self-government, and felt it was necessary to secede from the Union. There was no doubt that secession would provoke civil war. However, the South lacked a high population, stable economy, an effective use of currency, an expansive railroad system, and a solid purpose for seceding to defeat the North. Although the South's succession from the Union was supposed to bring victory, the South never had a chance of winning the American Civil War. The American Civil War was not like any war that had ever occurred before. Half a nation fought against the...
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Where Would I Like to Live After Civil War 1865?Abraham Lincoln is most always associated with the Civil War. But, he was not elected through a majority of the popular vote. In fact, with only forty percent of the popular vote, he wasn't even close to a majority. His Republican platform reached out to many groups, but left out the South. Many southerners thought he was an abolitionist, although he did favor monetary compensation and a Union. As a result of southern fears over Lincoln, he was not allowed on the ballot in ten southern states, and many states threatened to secede if he was elected. His election prompted the first state, South Carolina, to secede from the Union, and started the...
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During the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, over 620,000 accounted soldiers were killed. Known as the "the first modern war", historians generally agree that the reason for this was because this was a time of transition for the military. Armies and Navies were still using tactics where they would gather large forces of firepower to bear on the enemy. At the same time, weapons were being developed which were accurate and lethal well beyond any arms of the earlier conflicts. As a result of these two conditions many more casualties were sustained. Add to that the lack of medical knowledge of disease and infection and the numbers truly began to grow. This...
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What began on April 12,1861, was an event that would change America forever. The Civil War, or sometimes called, "war between the States" or "The war of rebellion" and "The war for southern independence" was the war that divided a nation into two and set the brothers of America against each other. Divided for many causes, some of which were because of the issues of not wanting and wanting slavery, not wanting and wanting a big government, the United States split into two different nations. The north was still the United States and also called The Union, and the South was now known as The Confederates, each individual state separated from the United States to become...
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If I were Abraham Lincoln during the US Civil War, there would few things if any that I would change. I would try to do anything to avoid a war between our own country. I would try to settle the territory disputes and the slavery disputes with an orderly fashion. But if none of that works and we tried our absolute best, then I would say go to war to end the conflicts. After the war the slavery issue of the Emancipation Proclamation did not work as well as they hoped. They had no place to go after they were free and no one wanted to help them or even live with them or near them.
Since there was nothing that Abraham Lincoln could do to settle the disputes in an...
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The election of Lincoln, secession of the southern states and the Confederate States of America Constitution set the stage for the bloodiest and saddest war in American history. Before the Civil War even began the nation was divided into four very distinct regions; Northeast, Northwest, Upper south and the Southwest. With two fundamentally different labor systems, slavery in the south and wage labor in the North, the political, economic and social changes across the nation would show the views of the North and the South. The civil war was based on the abolitionists' ideas of emancipation and liberation of slavery the North wanted the war in order to create a society without slavery. The...
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Liley ClementPer.0405/03/14U.S HistoryCauses of the Civil WarThe Civil War was a bit predictable, and no matter how hard anyone tried, it could not have been avoided. Even President Lincoln tried to push it back, but failed miserably. The differences between the North and the South were growing with every single minute of debate over slavery, economy and politics during the first part of the 1800s, eventually culminating in a war that started around 1861, but were their differences so irreconcilable? The secession of the states was becoming more and more inevitable over the sixth decade of the 19th century.From the very beginning economic disparity was present between the North and the South...
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Civil War Medicine by Stewart Brooks is a narrative that captures the four agonizing years of war. This book not only depicts the horrifying years of war but it also explains the progress that was consummated throughout the four years of the civil war. First, it tells us how gruesome and deadly these years really were. It brings massive attention to the number of Americans that died during this period of time. Next, the book explains how atrocious the medical field was during the war. It describes the facilities that were available and the massive spread of disease that occurred in these institutions. Finally, we are told how the improvements throughout the years in the medical field help us...
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After the Civil War ended in 1865, the south was in total ruins. Houses were
destroyed, crops were gone, and lives would never be the same again. It
wouldn’t be until years after the war that people would get their lives back on
track. Whites in the south now hated the blacks and still think they are
The process of rebuilding that followed the American Civil War was
known as reconstruction. The war left a set of pressing questions concerning
with what to do with the South. These questions involved the relationship
with the former Confederate states and the Union; the type of punishment that
should be imposed on the ones responsible for the rebellion;...
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Some believe that the Civil War was fought simply over slavery. Unfortunately, there is no "simple" reason for the cause of one of America's bloodiest conflicts. Between the North and the South there were deep economic, social, and political differences. These differences and a series of complex events, including slavery, began long before the first shot was fired. The South, which was known as the Confederate States of America, seceded form the North, which was also known as the Union, for many different reasons. Four decades of great sectional conflict between the two had much to do with this eventual succession. Several factors can be attributed to the cause of the Civil War, but...
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Charles Beard, a noted historian said that the American Civil War was a conflict between industry and agriculture.Alexander Stephens, a southern statesman said that the war was about states rights.Horace Greeley, a northern newspaper man, and prominent abolitionist claimed the war was fought over the issue of slavery.Abraham Lincoln said it was a struggle "testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated can long endure."Lincoln said his paramount object was to save the Union, and if he could accomplish that by not freeing any slaves, he would free none; "if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving...
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American churches during the nineteenth century began to replace certain established doctrines of religious piety with the tenet of moralism.l Denominations throughout the nation experienced dynamic, internal social changes as ministers began to preach with less vigor in reverence to God and devotion to religion, and became more inclined to sermonize on virtuous conduct according to society's established mores. The decades between 1850 and 1870, encompassing the American Civil War and several catastrophic denominational schisms, are particularly indicative of this change from piety to moralism, and the events of these years created the catalytic atmosphere culminating in the era of church...
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Although the Civil war was a massive battle between brothers, neighbors and friends. These gruesome battle caould have been avoided but the leaders of both side keptpolarizing the nuetral minded people to one side or the other. The U.S. govt. was equally split into halves so bothe the South and North can rule together. There were equal amount of representaives in the Senate so any new ideas that would harm either either side would be stop. A divided govt. can last because each state can make any laws than can't contradict any federal laws. Each state has a different ways to maintain it's growth and production. The northern states don't need slaves because it's got machine to do all...
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Civil War Nursing
Over 5000 volunteer nurses’ north and south served in military hospitals during the Civil War. Nurses were of all sorts and came from all over. Women wanted to be involved in this national struggle in any way they could. They did not want to stay home and play their traditional domestic roles that social convention and minimal career opportunities had confined the majority of their sex to. Many women thought of nursing as an extension of their home duties, almost like taking care of “their boys.” They recall the Civil War as a time when their work as nurses made a difference. It gave them an opportunity to prove they had the ability and courage to help.
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The American Civil War was a huge turning point in the history of the United States. The war lasted four years, from 1861 to 1865, and was marked by some of the most intense military campaigns in modern history. There were tremendous changes in the U.S. politically, economically, technologically, and socially. The people from both the confederacy and the union paid a high price in the form of both money and human life. Because of the Civil War, the United States went through major political changes. When federal policies angered them, the south would use the threat of secession. After the war though, the federal government gained supreme national authority and no state ever threatened...
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Kevin Joseph04/18/13Br. John VietorisCivil War and ReconstructionInevitability and Causation of The American Civil WarThe Civil War was one of the major missteps that America has taken in its history. Usually when a country wins a war there is a feeling of triumph and a sense of nationalism flocks the country. The country that wins the war has a high feeling of morale defeating the other country and it makes a case of being a bigger power in the world. This was not the case during the Civil War in which America was fighting against America. This war would not pull America up as a major world power if either side won. Could this horrific war have been avoided or was it inevitable? In this...
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"No war has had a more profound effect on the United States of America than the Civil War. It's outcome not only determined the political future of the country but also how American Society would develop. The outcome of the Civil War has affected almost every American living today."Due to the Civil War, 620,000 lives were taken. During the time period, there were only 30 million Americans. In other words, 1 out of 50 Americans were killed. In other words, 1 out of 12 boys and men, died in this war. It was called the Bloodiest War. It pitched brother against brother and father against son. The Civil War split the country in half. And in the case of Virginia, the state itself was split in...
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The American Civil War
In 1860, arguably the world's greatest nation was locked in Civil War. The
war divided the country between the North (Union) and South (Confederate).
The war lasted five years and by 1865 the Confederate forces were truly
beaten. Out of this horrendous war though, where some 600,000 men died grew
a greater sense of nationalism than is today, unrivalled around the world.
The American Civil War is interpreted differently by many historians but
most see the catalyst as slavery, the motivation as economic, the outcome
was a unified national identity.
Slavery was a major issue that triggered the American Civil War. Slavery
started out, as a few individual slaves coming...
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Civil War Medicine Since I am a dental assistant and currently enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program, the topic of Civil War Medicine seemed quite appropriate. Medicine and the advances being made have always intrigued me. Researching Civil War Medicine allowed me to find out about the early days of anesthesia, which continues to be used in the dental office today. In this term paper, I have tried to give an overview of what took place in the Civil War as it relates to medicine. A combination of many factors contributed to the number of war casualties other than that of immediately fatal wounds. The factors covered in this term paper include: the recruiting process and the physical state of...
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The outbreak of the English Civil War in England between Charles I and Parliament changed its form of government dramatically. It was only a violent episode in the continuing revolution that was already occurring. The Civil War broke out because the two forms of government, the king and Parliament, could not be reconciled. It was a struggle between the bourgeois or the middle-class people and the aristocrats or gentry. It all started from disputes starting with the first Stuart, James I, who took over the monarch of England after the death of the last Tudor, Elizabeth, and led on with more disputes with James I's son, Charles I and Parliament. Many other people contributed to the start of...
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The American Civil War was a grave turning point in the history of North America. It was a conflict that pitted the Northern states of the American union against the Southern states. The war raged for four years, from 1861 to 1865, and was marked by some of the fiercest military campaigns in modern history. In this essay, you will learn the causes of the American Civil war, as well as the after effects of the war.It has been extremely hard for historians to exactly pin-point the causes and effects of the war. The war itself had international impact, not only because of the growing international status of the United States, but also because war threatened world access to the South's cotton....
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Syrian Civil War
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The ongoing civil war in Syria was directly influenced by “Arab Spring” and has very disastrous consequences for most of the possible outcomes. The “Arab Spring” is a revolutionary surge of protests amid many Middle East countries. The general public has revolted against their own government and some of them have successfully forced their ruler from power, which proved to Syrians that change was possible. The revolutionary countries that gave the Syrian public these ideas of change are staying out of their war but there are many other ally countries...
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China has a very long history; however, there is one event that has entirely changed China: the victory of the Chinese Communist Party in the Chinese Civil War in 1949. During the Civil War, the Chinese Communist Party, led by Mao Zedong, and the Kuomintang, led by Chiang Kai-Shek, were vying for the power to lead the whole of China. At first, the Kuomintang had the advantage. Although they had just fought very hard during the war between Japan and China, they had the support of the United States. However, in the end, the Communists won. Even though, the Kuomintang had advantages on many things, the Communists fought with more heart and determination.It might be fortuitous by winning one...
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The American Civil War, also known as the State’s War, was a conflict that arose mostly from the issue of slavery, but deep down was due to economic differences between the North and the South. The South seceded from the North and created their own self-government due to their belief in the lack of state’s rights versus the federal government and what they saw as a weakness in the Articles of Confederation. While the Confederacy of the United States depended on slave labor for their economy in regards to plantation farming of cotton, tobacco and rice, the Union, whom represented the United States of America, was a booming manufacturing industry due to railroads and machinery that allowed...
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Americans today tend to consider news organizations as reliable and dependable sources. While it’s true that news organizations provide valid data about current international and domestic issues, some news organizations might be following their own personal agenda that can include favoring a political party or just provide interesting news without concrete data in order to gain views which helps boost up their revenue. The fox effect is a perfect example of how the news media can be biased. Fox news has been known for providing news source favoring the political right wing, giving a skewed view over the news topic because of bias reporting. This causes a problem for people who seek a...
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The English Civil War
The English Civil War was a complicated, intellectual war between the two most powerful forces in England: Parliament and the King. Conflicts between the two powers began when King Charles I dissolved Parliament in 1625 because they would not give him the money he demanded to fund his war against Spain. Parliament, who was lead by John Pym, felt that the King was showing favouritism towards the Roman Catholics, especially since Charles had recently married the Roman Catholic French Princess. Although Charles recalled Parliament in 1626, he proceeded to dissolve the second Parliament mainly because it attempted to impeach him. John Pym, who had been prevented from...
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The economy in the United States pre-civil war era was varied depending on what region is being discussed. The changes in economic practices in the Northern and Southern economies were vastly different. These changes and differences between these two regions had such an impact on the course of history that the effects can still be debated as a cause of the war. Although there are many economic features unique for each region three key features for each will be discussed.The economy in the Northern states experienced a major change in the era before the Civil War. The first of these changes were the industrialization of the region. Advancements in technology and manufacturing led to the...
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The American Civil War
Ever since the beginning of America there have been consequential events that led to the
American Civil War. Throughout history, there has been much controversy over whether
this war was or was not unavoidable. Upon looking back into the chronicles of history and
the longtime conflict between the North and the South, one can see that the American
Civil War was undeniably inevitable.
One major contributor of aggravation between North and South was the belief in Manifest
Destiny. In 1844, Texas was a leading issue in the presidential campaign. The foes of
expansion opposed annexation, while southerners cried "Texas or Disunion." Many
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In April of 1861, a shot was fired by the Confederates that changed history forever. A bloody war began, leading to more than 618,000 men dead over the course of four years. More lives were lost than those of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, Korean War, and World War One and Two combined. Even worse, this war was one of American against American, brother against brother, and father against son. The Civil war had different causes for the North and the South. For the North, the war was justified for Unity of America and the Emancipation of Slavery. For the South, it was a war to protect their way of life and property. Consequentially,...
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The American Civil War
One of the documents I have chosen is the Address of Negroes. It
started in Alexandria, Virginia, from August 2 to 5, 1865 was address
to the Loyal Citizens and Congress of the United States of America
adopted by a Convention of Negroes. It states that the war is over,
the rebellion is “ put down”, and we are declared free! Four-fifths of
our enemies are paroled or amnestied, and the other fifth are being
pardoned, and the president has, in his efforts at the reconstruction
of the Civil government of the states, late in rebellion, left us
entirely at the mercy of these subjugated but unconverted rebels, in
everything save the...
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To truly see civil war medicine in all its glory you must look at the faces and the souls of the surgeons. One of the most famous surgeons was Surgeon R.R. McMeens. He was born in Lycoming county Pennsylvania and his father was a prosperous farmer. He showed great interest in medicine and soon joined the Pennsylvania School of Medicine and three years later he had a degree. The reason why he is such a hero is because he could have left the service at any time. He was signed on for a three month contract and could have left any time after that but he decided to stay and help fight for the North, even though he had a wife and children at home. R.R. McMeens died of a heart attack the way he...
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In 1861, the United States faced the Civil War which was one of the most costly in history. Hundreds of thousands American lost their lives. Decades before the war, the North and South developed in different directions, and several events took place that led up to bloody war of the nation. It originated from deep divides in economy, society, and politics. The central issue was slavery like the French politician Alexis de Tocqueville had observed, “…almost all the differences which may be noticed between the character of the Americans in the Southern and Northern states have originated in slavery” (Rourk et al, 2009, p. 437). Politicians tried hard to reconcile the differences between the...
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1) Compromise of 1850 : It's a series of compromises passed by United States congress in order to settle slavery issues. It was used to balance pro and anti slave states. (36 -30)2)3) John Calhoun: (1782-1850) Political leader who was United States congressman, Secretary of war, Vice President (1825-1832) senator and secretary of state. He supported states rights and slavery. He was a symbol of the old south. He also fought for the protection of the south which contributed to the Civil War3) Henry Clay: (1777-1852) Statesman. Leader of the wing party. Clay played a central role on the stage of national politics for over forty years. He was a nationalist, devoted to the economic development...
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One of the great tragedies during the American Civil War was the mistreatment of Prisoners of War. The Civil War was said to be the war where "brother fought brother" and that alone makes it very hard to understand why the waste and brutality of this magnitude took place during this war. It is hard to say just how many prisoners, Northern and Southern alike, died at the hands of their captors because many of these war crimes would not be documented for obvious reasons. However, Lonnie R. Speer writes, approximately "56,000 soldiers" died during captivity.1 Although we will never know exactly how many of these died as a result of crimes against humanity, the evidence that does exist will help...
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The Civil WarThe Civil War of America was a major conflict in American History, during the early 1860's. The civil war was a conflict between the Union, and the Confederate States. The Confederate States were seceding from the Union for states' rights. The Union was trying to preserve the Union. Many famous doctrines that Lincoln proclaimed during this time are still respected and enforced today. Primarily, the slaves being free, is an extremely important event during the Civil War. For a long time President Lincoln believed that slavery was "wrong but necessary". Therefore, on September 22, 1962, Lincoln issued a preliminary proclamation. It warned that on January 1, 1963, anyone held as a...
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The Civil War between the North and the South in America was not even a half year old when well-known Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote his article “Bread and the Newspaper” in prestigious Boston The Atlantic Monthly magazine, which he helped to found. He wrote in the magazine that war to preserve the union will bring the various citizens of the country together and needs to be fought on three fronts, one is the law, one is in the mind of the people and one requires the spilling of blood, all in the tradition of the Revolutionary War.
Holmes starts his comments in the article with the headline, which he named “Bread and the Newspaper” (346), which he calls “the new version of the Panem et...
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Why did the Civil War occur? The Civil War was a crisis of growth. In less than three quarters of a century, thirteen old British colonies created a nation with a powerful economy.The young U.S profited from their colonial past as well as the land which procured immense amount of resources and possibilities. The history of the U.S from 1789 to 1865 showed problems of men and resources and the economic boom will increase differences inside the different parts of the Union. The civil war could have been avoided, because the American nation gradually took conscience of itself, and nationalism had been resisted by the second war of independence.The difficulty of the American political system:...
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Civil War Poetry
The American Civil War and the Spanish Civil War were primarily wars of principle. The conflicts represented a critical point for each respective nation, a time of either death or continuation for the countries. Both Whitman and Neruda exibit a key shared element in the poets' works of the concept of a cosmic rebirth illustrated in their poetry through a celebration of the perpetual cycle of life and death fostering optimism. This mutual philosophy is manifested in Neruda and Whitman's poetry in several interesting ways. One of the most striking biographical parallels between the two poets originates from their direct involvement in civil war. Whitman served as...
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As we take a look back on how American has become the nation we both love and hate, we cannot help but think of the Civil War. This war divided a nation and the outcome set the stage for how our nation still operates to this day. The issues between the North and the South, or as they become known back in 1861, The Union and The Confederate States of America, were not something that could have been negotiated. The war lasted four years and ended with victory for the North. I would have to say that I agree with Historians that believe the Civil War was inevitable. The type of conflict between the North and South was ultimately about money and issues like that most likely can never be...
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To the Americans, the Civil War experience was a whole new definition for war. Its existence has been a defining event in the American history. Unlike the other wars, where it was the Americans fought for their countries' freedom with other countries or assisted other countries in need. The Civil War was the one and only war that Americans had with themselves. It was truly "a brothers' war" where Americans fight against Americans: North against South. The primary reason, which caused the Civil War, was slavery. Northern states supported the idea of becoming industrialized and free slaves, while Southerners remained living on agricultural life and depended their economy on slavery....
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American History, The Civil War
After the Constitution was adopted by all of the States in 1789, uniting the States into one nation, differences between the States had been worked out through compromises. By 1861 these differences between the Northern States and the Southern States had become so great that compromise would no longer work. Thus, a conflict started within our nation that was called the Civil War.
For more than 30 years arguments between the North and South had been growing. One of these quarrels was about taxes paid on goods brought into this country from foreign countries. This kind of tax is called a tariff. In 1828 Northern businessmen helped get the "Tariff...
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The Civil War performances on the United States lead to an incredible outcome. The Civil War helped create the country we live in today. From 1861- 1865 was an outstretched of intensity for the nation. Two unanswered questions that the Revolution left behind were answered by the Civil War.
In 1860 when Abraham Lincoln won the presidency, he pledge with his admirable strong voice to keep slavery out of territories. The Confederate States of America helped form a new nation by the slave states in the South. The Northerner people were not impressed with Lincoln’s decision; they feared that the democracy would create the United States and form smaller countries.
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Civil War Prison Camps
It was 1864 when Horatio Kirkland Foote was taken to a prison camp. Horatio was taken to Andersonville which is located in south-west Georgia where within the 14 months that the prison was open over 45,000 other people were taken as well. Andersonville was the largest prison camp out of more than 150 recorded camps between both sides. When Horatio was at Andersonville, the conditions were vile along with all prison camps of the Civil War. If you were in one of the prisons you could expect to be deprived of clothing, nutrition, and stable living conditions. It is said that Horatio ''bunked'' (they were got actually given rooms or romates but Horatio shared blankets...
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By 1830, "cotton was king" not only in the South, but in the United States (Dodson, 2003). Cotton had become an important product of the south, which slaves had cultivated (usinfo, 2005). Slaves had become considerably valuable. The Ordinance established a pattern of slavery in the southern states, and making slavery illegal in the northern states (PBS, 2004). As time went on, the United States divided into detached nations. The South remained the wealthiest part of the nation.When the civil war is mentioned, many people automatically associate it with the fight to keep slavery. Although this was a part of the cause for the civil war, it however, was not the only thing that led to it. The...
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Where it all begins
In American History very few actions change the course of American history like the Civil war. The Dred Scott decision through America into chaos. Compromise was no longer possible and the only way to solve the nations pronlems seemed like war. As a result America was further divided, more Northerners became abolitionists and America was further than ever from being a unified nation. Political issues and disagreements began soon after the American Revolution ended in 1782. Between the years 1800 and 1860, arguments between the North and South grew more intense.
The years before the Civil War...
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The Civil War
The Civil War lasted 5 years, took 600,000 lives and yet there exists doubt in what is the main reason behind it. I myself feel that the major issue that triggered the war was slavery, which for the South threatened economy. I am going to discuss how issues of slavery existed before the war, how it was in the minds of soldiers during the war, and then still existed after the war.
The North favored a loose interpretation of the United States Constitution, they wanted to grant the Federal Government increased powers. The South on the other hand wanted to reserve all undefined powers to the individual states. The North wanted improvements such as more railroads, canals,...
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The American Civil War, widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War as well as other sectional names, was fought from 1861 to 1865. Seven Southern slave states individually declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America, known as the "Confederacy" or the "South". They grew to include eleven states, and although they claimed thirteen states and additional western territories, the Confederacy was never recognized by a foreign country. The states that did not declare secession were known as the "Union" or the "North". The war had its origin in the fractious issue of slavery, especially the extension of slavery into the western...