The Civil War is known as a very harsh war that effected the nation deeply. The North and South couldn’t agree and fought over power and control. In the end the United States faced many consequences after the war. However it abolished slavery and shaped the future of the United States.
In his book, Tim O’Brien He talks about the effects of war on both sides in particular the man he killed. War is not black and white and therefore, the creation of roles of good and evil for the participants of war is unfair. However, most war books or films do not look at both sides of the story but instead try to demonize the enemy. However, O’Brien’s chapter “The Man I Killed” deeply moved me because he humanizes the enemy. Instead of distancing himself from the enemy he takes the reader into the thoughts and feelings of Tim O’Brien and the Vietnamese man that he kills.
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.” The bloodiest war in American history was the American Civil War, a conflict on the issue of slavery that had split the nation into two, resulting in more than 620,000 deaths. The election of 1860, granted that Abraham Lincoln was president, many southerners feared him, for that he will terminate slavery once and for all. Consequence of the 1860 election was the secession of eleven southern states from the Union; including South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
The Civil War was, by far, one of the bloodiest events in American history. Such an event devastated the nation, yet it did not happen on its own accord. A country divided politically, socially, economically, and geographically, each unfolding event drove America toward the brink of the Civil War. Prior to the war – the 1800s – many issues over politics, status of slaves, and the economy plagued the country. The North and South were divided upon these issues and continued to drift further apart with every compromise, movement, and legal decision, increasing violence and hostility on both sides.
The American Civil War began due to various simple events which led to a more compounded, complex and far more interesting story. Many arguments, compromises, and decisions like Dred Scott v. Sanford that were made about slavery, tore the United States apart, divided the country and started the civil war. Many compromises contributed to the start of the civil war, the first of which is the Missouri Compromise. People at the time believed in manifest destiny. Manifest destiny is the belief that it is their right to own all of the land from the east coast to the west coast.
Historian will debate this topic for years to come. One thing is for certain, the outcome of the Civil War resulted in the reunification of the United States. Sadly, it took a war to reunite the nation and that war began at the Battle of Fort Sumter. Works Cited Atlas of the Civil War, the Everything Civil War Book, the www.boerner.net/jboerner/?p=10867 Fort Sumter:How Civil War Began with a Bloodless Battle An Illustrated History of the Civil War Images of an American Tradegy Civil War, the www.civilwar.org/battlefields/fort-sumter/html?tabfacts
The American Civil War, which began in 1861 to 1865, has gone down in history as the one of the most significant events to have ever occurred in the United States of America, thus far. At that time, questions had arose wondering how the United States ever got so close to hitting rock bottom, especially being that it was a conflict within the country itself. Hostility steadily grew through the years dividing the nation further and further, and finally leading to the twelfth day in April 1861 in Fort Sumter, North Carolina. The American Civil War was an irrepressible battle and aside from the obvious physical effects of the war, the disagreement over states rights, the act of slavery, and the raising of tariffs played crucial roles in the division of the country as well as the conflicts that followed. At the beginning of Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, he reflects back to the start of his presidency, “All thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.
The country had lost its strongest leader and its backbone throughout the entire war. It woul... ... middle of paper ... ...ar in the history of the United States for many reasons. The Civil War changed the people of the United States and the world forever; millions of people were affected by the war. It helped build one of the greatest countries in the world by destroying it almost completely, the turmoil and chaos bettered the country forever. The war changed the vision of the entire country from sporadic and unorganized into a united and focused vision for the future.
April 12, 1861, both the North and South opened fire at each other, instigating what would become the bloodiest war in American history. By then, it was far too late for compromises to mend the tensions between the two opposing sides. From the start of the nation, geography separated the citizens of America, preventing them from having similar lifestyles. This later caused both sides to have differing views, which later erupted into outrage and violence from both sides. In an attempt to solve the issue of slavery, both the Fugitive Slave Act and the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed.
For generations students have been taught an over-simplified version of the civil war and even now I am just coming to a full understanding of the truth. The civil war was a terrible rift in our nation, fought between the northern states (known as the union) and the southern states (the Confederate States of America). The people’s opinions were so divided over the issues of the civil war that, in some families, brother was pit against brother. Eventually, the south succumbed to the north and surrendered on April 9th, 1865 but not before the war had caused 618,000 deaths, more than any other war in U.S. history.