The Cause Of The Civil War The Second American Revolution

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Historian Charles Beard refers to the civil war as the second American Revolution. Although some may claim that the civil war isn’t a revolutionary war, it can be convincing that the civil war is a revolution because change occurred as a result of this war. Therefore, Charles Beard can be agreed with. On April 12, of 1861 the civil war had begun. This became undoubtedly a fight over America’s fate. During and after this war new and traditional techniques and technological advances were used during this war. The civil war was a war mainly to preserve the union. President Lincoln himself has said [1]" My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without…show more content…
Based on the constitution, we must consider what and who was considered Americans. Which means all people, not giving thought to any struggle in the past. [1] A revolution is a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence. As stated before, society changed, but social structure of the society did not. When observing historical context, this can be a revolution because social structures either reverted back to the old ways then changed to an extent . In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was in fact “proclaimed” there still was slavery in a new name. Just because, slavery was no longer permitted, it did not eliminate the ability for sharecropping to exist. The Emancipation Proclamation did not even free all slaves, meaning slaves on the borderline states were not free.The only slaves that were free, were the slaves that were in the states that went against the Union. However, it can be observed that there was a technological and medical revolution. [2]“Never before have had women had such power to be on a battlefield. Persons’ along with Clara Barton influenced the beginning of a medical revolution. In a society where women didn’t have the same equal opportunities as men. Although, some may believe that the civil war was a second revolution, others may also believe that the civil war was indeed the first modern war. For the first time, technology had transformed warfare. “Neither the soldiers nor their officers were prepared for the way technology had transformed warfare.” The civil war was the first major conflict in which the railroad transported troops. This provided the instance for a railroad junction. The civil should be considered the first modern war because until Abraham Lincoln, presidents didn 't get involved as much. Lincoln proclaimed a naval blockade on the South. This was a part of the Anaconda
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