The Battle Of The American Civil War

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It is obvious the northern and southern states did not see eye to eye when it came to the topic of slavery. The American Civil War, fought from the years 1861 to 1865, was a war between the Northern States, also known as the “Union” and the southern states, also known as the “Confederacy”. During most of the nineteenth century, the Federal government had been gaining more power at the expense of the states. The actions of Congress and the government during the years before the civil war: The Three Fifths Compromise, the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the election of Abraham Lincoln as president; are some of the many contributing factors that made the southern states feel they were losing control. The resentment and fear generated by this type of government growth was an important factor in the South’s decision to secede from the Union. Aside from the deep-rooted sentiments about slavery and the socio-economic differences of the North and the South; the American civil war was fought over a balance of power and wealth distribution.

From the very beginning, the United States knew they needed to have something to live by; the Constitution was that “something”. The Bill of Rights is comprised of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These amendments were ratified in 1791; they listed the rights of the citizens under the newly established government. One of the amendments, the tenth to be exact, stated that the rights not
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