For Cause And Comrades : The Causes Of The American Civil War

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The American Civil War, the war fought within the United States of America from 1861 to 1865 was one of the worst tragedies in American History. The war was fought between the North (The Union) and the South (The Confederacy). The war erupted after many years of conflict and complications between these two parties. Not only was this catastrophe one of the most destructive events throughout history, but it took the lives of approximately 620,000 individuals. The Civil War proved to be the most disastrous war ever fought on American soil. In the book titled, “For Cause & Comrades: Why Men Fought In The Civil War,” by James M. McPherson, he reveals the main reasons as to why the northerners and southerners fought in the American Civil War. There were many factors that contributed to the commencement of the American Civil War. These factors included but are not limited to slavery, social and economic variances, state rights, and federal rights. However, slavery was at the forefront of the numerous issues these parties had disagreements on. In essence, the majority of the Civil War was fought over the moral issue of (slavery). “We are now fighting to destroy the cause of these dangerous diseases, which is slavery and the slave power (McPherson, Pg. 118). Additionally, between the Union and the Confederacy, there were many political, economic, and social divergences, with slavery being the major cause of these conflicts. Politically speaking, the north knew the south’s
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