Civil War : The United States

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All of these differences, combined, led to a fractured United States. The country could not reconcile due to these heavy feelings about slavery. Because of that, it was inevitable that the American Civil War would occur. During the Civil War, both sides believed that they were right and had God’s blessing to fight for their causes – emancipation or the right to secede due to slavery. Indeed, it seemed to be that war was the only possible solution during the 1860s. The Oneida Association believed that only through a civil war could the issue of slavery finally be settled. In their circular it is written, “Facts reveal the causes of our peril, and as distinctly exhibit the means of its permanent removal. Civil War is, indeed, the necessity…show more content…
The outcome would ultimately decide which way the nation would develop – with or without slaves. In 1865, America received its answer with the victory of the Union. Despite the end of the Civil War, the Northern and Southern Baptists remained segregated. Very little actions were taken to mend the rift which was caused by the moral issue of slavery. This division remained in place throughout the nineteenth century and the majority of the twentieth century. Again, these two came into contention during the Civil Rights movement. The South, with anger over the Civil War, initiated Jim Crow Laws which legalized racial segregation. Blacks were, again, seen as lesser than their white counterparts. “The most common types of laws forbade intermarriage and ordered business owners and public institutions to keep their black and white clientele separated.” This idea of separation continued for many years with the notion being separate but equal. This was permitted due to the case of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. Homer Plessy, a black man, refused to give up his seat which was reserved strictly for the use of white people; he was consequently arrested for his actions. “Judge John H. Ferguson upheld the law and the case… slowly moved up to the Supreme Court. On May 18, 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, with only one dissenting vote, ruled that
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