An iconic time period for the United States was best known as the Civil War. This war in its worst moments still brought forth a change in the American society which was arguably, slavery. Unfortunately, the change that sought for came at a costly price. The lives of over 700,000 Americans were lost in exchange for the freedom of over three million slaves. The time period that came after the civil war was what many famous historians would call “The Era of Reconstruction”. Though this particular era was difficult to maintain, it was necessary for the nation to rebuild, implement new laws and add structure. Huge criticism of this era was largely due to the fact many Americans did not know the importance that was contradicted nor the reality of reconstruction, and what this era actually did for the nation.
The Civil War is easily the most important part of the United States’ history within the nineteenth century. It was the event that most changed the country outside of the writing of the Constitution. The famous outcomes of the war, such as the abolition of slavery in all states, the addition of West Virginia into the Union, and the thousands of soldiers that died on the battlefield, see widely known among the educated American population. However, the events that led up to and caused the Civil War are not as known. Five causes of the war stick out more than the rest, and like everything else in American culture, they have been ranked.
The American Civil War remains one of the most heated and highly debated pieces of history in not only the United States, but also the entire modern world. It remains so not only in its origins, but in the goals of each side, and the effects it had on American culture. The effects, as I will demonstrate much later, were not limited exclusively to the United States, and extended to many foreign ideals and practices as well. This demonstrates the importance of this war politically and socially to modern history.
The Civil War and Its Ending of Slavery This paper is about the civil war and about how it ended slavery with the emancipation proclomation. I will also talk abou the physical loses of the war. The South, overwhelmingly agricultural, produced cash crops such ascotton, tobacco and sugarcane for export to the North or to Europe, but it depended on the North for manufactures and for the financial and commercial services essential to trade. Slaves were the largest single investment in the South, and the fear of slave unrest ensured the loyalty of nonslaveholders to the economic and social system.
If you had just one word to describe the Civil War, what would it be? Freedom, bloody, tragedy, these are just a few words that described one of the darkest times in our nation’s history. The American Civil War was a war fought between brothers and families. All over one issue in society at the time; slavery. This issue divided families. And often soldiers found themselves fighting against their own cousin or family member from a neighboring town or state. My goal in this paper is to discuss the causes, major battles, and the results of the American Civil War.
The American Civil War started in 1861 and ended at1865. It was caused from very old sectional disparities and questions that were not completely resolved when the Constitution of the United States was approved in 1789. Abraham Lincoln is the sixteenth president of America; He was the president that solved the issue of slavery in the USA. The civil war causes and affects through politics, economics and social issues.
The Civil War finally drew to a close after four years of heinous battle on April 9, 1865. The Unions had been the victors of the war and the unity of America was restored. Amendments to the Constitution began to allow African Americans freedom and rights. In the wreckage, a total of 212,938 lives had been lost. But the Civil War had taught Americans how to accept each other and prepared them to accept other cultures. In the future, women would gain more rights and immigrants would come from other countries to live in America. Inevitably, prejudice against minorities is faced all over the country even in modern times, but we must prevent ever facing such tragedy as occurred in the Civil War.
Slavery “War is at best barbarism….Its glory is all moonshine….War is hell. (Union General William Tecumseh Sherman) A wise quote by an even wiser man, The Civil War was agreed a “hell”.
You would think that a society which takes up an institution as immoral and barbaric as slavery would benefit from it on the whole, but that is not the case with the American South. The only people who benefited from slavery were the top 3% of Southern society. For the rest of the people the institution of slavery would prevent them from gaining an education, proper literacy, wealth, and movement up the social ladder. If viewed as an independent nation the South was a socially stagnant aristocracy, extremely dependant on foreign trade , had fairly weak industry, and finally had a small population compared to the North. Perhaps the greatest tragedy was that all those confederate soldiers died for a cause that kept them poor. This is not all though, slavery itself was horrible, and even after slaves were given their legal freedom they were still slaves in nearly every aspect save for the title.
Kelly, M. (n.d.). Overview of the American Civil War . American History From About. Retrieved November 14, 2010, from http://americanhistory.about.com/od/civilwarmenu/a/civiloverview.htm