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    The American Revolution (1765-1783) established the United States of America as an independent country that rejected the hegemony of the British. Nearly a century later, the Civil War (1861-1865) defined the future course of the fledgling nation – whether it would be a free country that treated all its citizens equally or earn the dubious distinction of being one of the largest slaveholding countries in the world.

    Decades of escalating conflict between the North and the South over the institution of slavery and its expansion into the new western territories as well as states’ rights eventually resulted in an all-out war between the States. The 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln, a staunch abolitionist, was the final straw – following his election, 11 southern states seceded from the Union; an event succeeded by one of the deadliest wars ever fought on American soil.

    While the Civil War had a happy ending – slavery was abolished and the warring factions joined hands to form the United States of America. But the conflict took a terrible toll – 6,20,000 of the 2.4 million soldiers who fought in the war lost their lives, millions more were injured and the South and its economy were devastated. One of the biggest losses incurred by the Union on the eve of victory was that of Abraham Lincoln; the great leader was assassinated on 15th April 1865, by Confederate sympathiser John Wilkes Booth. Confederate resistance gave way on 10th May 1865 and the war finally ended.

    The American Civil War is a watershed event in the history of the United States. It has been commemorated in statues and memorials, in re-enactment of key battles, in literature, art, films, video games and in the issuance of stamps and coins with Civil War themes.

    Below is a comprehensive list of Civil War-themed essays and academic papers that cover all aspects of this era in American history.

  • 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

  • the civil War

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    The civil war a war between the Northern states of our countryand the Southern states, started in April of 1861 and lasted until April of 1865, however the problems that started the war started amny years before that. The Northern part of the U.S became industrialized. That means built large factories and manufactured things like iron products and textiles or fabric. Northern states needed people to work in their factories and most of them came as immigrants from Europe. Nothern States were covered

  • civil war

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    volunteers who chose to go to war. They wanted to win a quick victory but instead found that there was a lot of marching and drill, living outdoors, disease, bad weather, and boredom. Where did all the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg come from? Why did they choose to go to war? How were the armies different? How were they so much alike? Just who were "Billy Yank" and "Johnny Reb"?Welcome! You're probably here because you are curious about our nation's past and the Civil War. At Gettysburg National Military

  • The Civil War

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    The Civil War 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

  • The Civil War

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    The Civil War The Civil War is acknowledged as the greatest war in American history. Known as "The War that Never Ended". Nearly three million fought, and 600,000 died. It was the only war fought on American soil by Americans, and for that reason we have always been fascinated with The Civil War. On April 12, 1861, at 4:30 AM, Confederates under General Pierre Beauregard opened fire upon Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina with the use of 50 cannons. The Civil War began. The Civil War

  • Civil War

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    Civil War 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

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    THE CAUSE Americans have always been independent group of people. We just don’t like being told what to do. This is true now as it was in the past, or will be in the future. It all started in the early colonial era (1700) when we really felt ourselves as “Americans”. Before that in the 1600’s we were just settlers in the new America. In the 1700’s we fought with the British to stop the union of France and Spain. We started our own newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazett published by Benjamin Franklin

  • Civil War

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    Civil War Civil war was the greatest war in American history. It was waged in 10,000 places-from Valverde, New Mexico, and Fernandina on the Florida coast. More than three million Americans fought in it and more than 600,00 men died in it. It was not only the immensity of the fight but the new weapons, the new standards of generalship, and the strategies of destruction which made the Civil War an event present ever since in the American consciousness. Here are some of the crucial events

  • Civil War

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    The Civil War is widely believed to be the necessary evil our country had to go through in order to come to a common understanding and abolishment of slavery. Yet the slavery had existed in our lands since before our country was even established, so what made us examine it closer so as to see that its nullification was required? Between the years of 1850 to 1861, our country¡¯s eyes were turned toward slavery by the major reform movements in the north, the discrepancies that came with the westward