The Civil War Is The Deadliest War Of American History Essay

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The Civil War is the deadliest war in American History. Between 1861 and 1865, over 600,000 brave souls lost their lives at nearly 10,500 battles. By the end of the war, there were nearly 200,000 African-Americans that fought on the side of the North, with 80 percent recruited from slave states (Half Slave and Half Free, 240). Wars are fought over irreconcilable differences. There may not be one specific cause. Directly or indirectly, slavery was intertwined in many of these differences and the physical conflicts that arose between the North and South. The moral versus practical issue of slavery evoked the passion necessary to unify the people to persevere through the great hardships that were to come. During the years leading up to the American Civil War, passionate people grab and hold attention of thousands. The issues surrounding slavery brought out strong emotions. Passionate people wrote, give speeches and acted in support of their beliefs in the face of adversity. Some well-known examples that addressed slavery and inspired others include William Lloyd Garrison publishing “The Liberator” in 1831, Eli Lovejoy dying for the cause of emancipation in 1837, John Quincy Adams arguing that the “gag rule” violated the constitutional rights of petition, even for slaves in 1837, Harriet Beecher Stowe writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1853, John Brown raiding Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1855 and George Fitzhugh proclaiming in the book “Cannibals All!” that all wage workers in the

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