The United States Civil War

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The United States civil war is thought of as what determined what kind of country we would be today. The U.S. civil war, otherwise known as the war of the states, began on April 12, 1861, and lasted until 1865. It consisted of the North (the Union) or the “free states”, against the South (the confederates) the slave states. When Abraham Lincoln became president in 1860 he made promises of free territories, which caused a division between men who owned slaves and men who agreed with Lincoln. Slaves, the president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and the disagreements between the North and South ultimately lead the civil war of 1861 to erupt. Slavery in America consisted of men, women, and children being taken against their will and forced to work for men who abused them, belittled them, and treated them as if they were of lesser value because of skin color. Whatever lead people to believe that this kind of behavior was ok, is astonishing. The states were divided amongst the free, where it was illegal to own a slave, and the slave states where if you didn’t have enough money to buy a slave you could just rent one. At this time part of America was feared to continue to be known as, “this nation, born of a declaration that all men were created with an equal right to liberty, would continue to exist as the largest slaveholding country in the world”(Council on Foreign Relations). The southerners weren’t as concerned because they were dependent on the crops that they…

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