Civil War Essay

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Civil War Paper Darrell Jones HIS/110 August 22, 2012 Adolph Woodard Civil War Paper The Civil War was fought between Americans from the North and the South. Many factors led to the eventual conflict, but none was more important than the issue of slavery. While Northerners felt slavery was essentially against what America stood for, Southerners depended on slavery to maintain their economy. The conflict resulted in the South wanting to secede from the Union and exist as a collection of Confederate states acting as their own country. The North (Union) insisted on keeping the United States in-tact and abolishing slavery from the South. After four to five years and a collection of bloody battles, the North won the war despite having…show more content…
In an effort to pay for the war, the federal government created the Internal Revenue Service to collect these taxes. The federal government also became the sole issuer of paper money when it consolidated the nation’s money supply. This gesture made the government a significant power in the nation’s financial future and ended several state banks ability to create paper money. The federal government became the largest employer in the country as a result of the Civil War. Up until that time, America relied on crops from farmers to keep the economy going. With the expansion of the federal budget – also a result of the Civil War – new positions became available in government offices to manage the bigger budget. Finally, the east and the west were connected by the creation of a coast-to-coast railroad system. The Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads were given huge land grants by the federal government to build a railroad system that reached from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. This allowed goods to be transported from the richer east coast states to the newly explored west. Also, this allowed farmers to cultivate the new western terrain (Schultz, 2012). American industry and nationalism changed for the better as a result of the Civil War. Several men became millionaires because of the war and the generosity of the

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