The American Civil War Essay

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The American Civil War
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Horrific! The American Civil War, also known as the War Between States and the War Of Secession, was an extremely gruesome and bloody war (World Book 614). The war, which started on April 12, 1861, when the southern troops fired on Fort Sumter, and ended 4 years later, took more American lives than any other war in history (614). This war was between a divided union in whish the southern states were trying to preserve slavery while the northern states were dedicated to a more modern way of life and were trying to end slavery (614). This war was fought in the minds of great men like Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee and the end of the war was the beginning of a slavery free nation.
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On December 20, 1860, President Jamison held up a document at St. Andrews Hall in South Carolina and declared, ? I proclaim the state of South Carolina and independent commonwealth.? The citizens of South Carolina rejoiced (Davis, 27). The citizens of the South as a whole also rejoiced knowing that secession was possible and that they may soon have their own nation. One after another, the Southern ?slave? states seceded, 15 states in all (World Book, 615). Over the years the Civil War has been the subject of numerous novels, histories, plays, poems, paintings, sculptures, songs, movies, and television programs. Some of the Civil War figures are among the nations most beloved heroes. Abraham Lincoln was among these heroes and was respected throughout the world (World Book, 614). There were three main causes for the America Civil War: slavery, disputes over state?s rights, and the want to modernize in the North while the South wanted to live in their old, trustworthy ways.

To be more specific, slavery was a root cause of the Civil War because the South was dependent on slavery to keep their economic status while the North was more dependent on a Protestant work ethic and looked down upon slavery. This according to the historians who have long debated the causes of the war (World Book, 615). The Northern states worked to develop and depend on a Protestant work ethic. Ministers taught gospels of hard work, thrift, and self-discipline.…

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