Civil War Myth Essay

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1. If our nation was built on the slogan “ all men are created equal” than why were blacks bought and sold at one point in time in this great nation’s history? At no other time was our nation more polarized over any issue than The Civil War. Two sides could not come to a compromise therefore war was the only resolution. Today we will be discussing the History & Myth of the Civil War. We’ll cover the Events of the Civil War as well as an important individual in the war, Abraham Lincoln. Lets begin by moving into my first point, which is the Civil War itself.
2. It was the same country, they spoke the same language, but the perception between “North” and “South” was growing to make a wider gap. The argument from the North was to abolish slavery.
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“ A house divided against itself cannot stand” was the famous line said by our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina seceded from the Union followed by all states in the deep south. After Confederates attacked Fort Sumter, President Lincoln called 75,000 soldiers to suppress the south from risen up. After four long years of battles, the “North” finally defeated the south in which President Lincoln created the Emancipation Proclamation. Many believe that this law freed the slaves. This “myth” is only partially true. It freed some of the slaves. Thanks to a loophole, almost a million blacks were still considered legal slaves. The proclamation only applied to states and territories “in rebellion against the United States”. This was because there were still four border states that remained loyal to the Union while still heavily influenced slave owners according to “ The Life of Abraham Lincoln” by Charles M. Hubbard. In short you’ve learned a little about the 16th President of the United States.
4. To summarize, we discussed the “History & Myth” of the Civil War. We discussed the key events which took place in the war as well as an important individual, President Lincoln. Remember that the phrase “all men are created equal” wasn’t always the case for every American. I hope you were enlightened by these events and individual that helped shape our country into the dominant force it is
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