How the Civil War Changed the Future of the American Nation

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At first, it began as a fight to protect the Union, not as a struggle to free the slaves. Many citizens from the North and South felt that the conflict would ultimately decide both issues. Slavery was one of the primary issues which physically divided the northern U.S. from the Southern U.S. during the Civil War. Even after the Reconstruction Era it continue to divide the two. The Southern resistance to ending slavery was the main reason as to why the South believed in rejecting outsider ideals and it helped establish the Southern Code of Honor that emphasizes aggression and violence. The first definition of slavery appeared as part of a document in the League of Nations Slavery Convention of September 1926. It defined the word as a “status of condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised.” The document went on to define the slave trade as “all acts involved in the capture, acquisition or disposal of a person with intent to reduce him to slavery; all acts involved in the acquisition of a slave with a view to selling or exchanging him; all acts of disposal by sale or exchange of a slave acquired with a view to being sold or exchanged, and, in general, every act of trade or transport in slaves” (Weissbrodt and Dottridge, 4). The history of slave importation and ownership in the South is lengthy. Slaves began being imported into…

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