Was the Civil War actually a Civil War? Was the Revolution actually a Revolution?

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The American Revolution and the American Civil War are two of the most monumental events in the history of the United States of America. However, their characterization as a “revolution” and a “civil war” has been argued for many years. It has been argued that the American Revolution was not a true revolution, but a civil war, and that the American Civil War was not a civil war but rather America’s time of revolution. Some aspects of the American Revolution support the argument that it was a revolution, while other aspects work in favor for saying that it was just a civil war. Similarly, some aspects of the American Civil War favor the idea that it actually was a civil war, while other aspects do the opposite. To ultimately decide…show more content…
One was the topic of representation. Britain supported virtual representation of the colonists, while the colonists wanted actual representation for themselves. This conflict wasn’t solved with violence initially. American representatives sent the Olive Branch Petition out to King George, politely asking for representation with peace. When the King denied the petition, Thomas Jefferson and others met together and declared America’s independence from Britain in the Declaration of Independence of 1776. However, this was also a cause that the patriots were fighting for, and it was resolved when the US won independence. Therefore, regarding to the definition of a true “revolution,” this was a true revolution. The outcome of the American Revolution benefited the Americans politically, economically, and socially. Politically, they were finally fully separated from Britain and set up a new government ruled by the states under the Articles of Confederation, America’s first written law as a new nation. They were now ruled in a place where the citizens were actually represented rather than virtually represented. Economically, not much changed. America still produced raw materials in the South, but now was beginning to process those materials in the North to create articles that would benefit themselves rather than Britain. However, many years after the war America would begin trading with Britain again. Socially, a lot changed. Although slavery
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