When the United States was first formed, the Northern and Southern sections within the country developed along different lines. The South remained a mostly agricultural economy while the North became more and more industrialized. Different social cultures and political beliefs developed. All of these factors led to disagreements on issues such as taxes, tariffs, and opinions concerning states rights versus federal rights.
One major issue that led to contention of the union, was the debate over slavery. That disagreement led to secession, and secession caused a war where the Northern states fought to preserve the Union, and the South fought to establish its own independence under its own constitution. The States in the south needed slaves to help take care of their large plantations. Meanwhile in the Northern States, slaves were not a necessity. The north lacked large plantations, and as a result, the states in the North one by one had gradually abolished slavery.
Another conflict between the North and South consisted of the difference of opinion between the federal government and individual states concerning political power. This conflict is referred to as States’ Rights. During this time...
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...s between the states. It would make sense for it to take on the simple, yet very fitting title, “War Between States.”
In the early 20th Century, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, also known as the UDC, led a campaign to promote the term "War Between the States" in both the media and in public schools. UDC efforts to convince the United States Congress to adopt the term, were unsuccessful. In fact, Congress has never technically adopted an official name for the war.
Even though Congress never did adopt the name, it has been used many times by notable people. The name "War Between the States" is inscribed on the USMC War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. This name was personally ordered by Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., the 20th Commandant of the Marine Corps. President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to the Civil War as "the four-year War Between the States".
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