Civil War Origins and Legacy

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Civil War Origins and Legacy

University of Phoenix


August 25, 2008

Origins and Legacy of the Civil War Perhaps the greatest war in American History, the Civil War is unique because of the fact that it was the only war fought on American soil. The American Civil War’s origins were brought forth by complex issues dealing with slavery, expansionism, sectionalism, and political party politics. However the Civil War was mainly devised because of slavery issues and later intensified by tariff issues as well. During this time the United States was forced to confront the issue of whether new areas of settlement were going to be pro-slave states or no slave holding states. After
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This is one of the changes that the Civil war produced. In Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation, there is a line that states “And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.” (, 1996-2008). Because there were so many more persons out there in the world vying for the same underpaid, under appreciated jobs, the American economy took a nosedive even further. Post Civil war was not at all like its antebellum pre Civil war state. The changes the Civil war and the Emancipation Proclamation would cause this great nation in the years to come are many. Charles Beard labeled it "Second American Revolution," claiming that "at bottom the so-called Civil War was a social war, ending in the unquestioned establishment of a new power in the government, making vast changes in the course of industrial development, and in the constitution inherited from the Fathers" (Beard and Beard 1927: 53).


In 1700 approximately 25 thousand African slaves worked in America brought by British, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish ships but during the next few years England took over the slave trade with American colonists and increased the amount of
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