What Was The Civil War?

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What was the Civil War? Who was fighting who? “The war resolved two fundamental questions left unresolved by the revolution: whether the United States was to be a dissolvable confederation of sovereign states or an indivisible nation with a sovereign national government; and whether 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,” Dr. James McPherson writes. The Civil War was between the Union and the Confederacy. The Union represented the North, anti-slavery, and the Confederates stood for the South, pro-slavery. Conflict of slavery became a huge issue when an increased number of concerns and worries arose from the colonists. Jennifer Weber describes it best “...the ensuing outbreak of armed hostilities were the culmination of decades of growing sectional friction over slavery.” At the time of the Civil War Abraham Lincoln was serving as our president. One famous piece of literature to come out of the war was Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. So did men, women, or both serve in the war? The answer to that question is that both men and women fought side by side in the war. There were actually many ways that women contributed to the war. Furthermore, women were a substantial part of the Civil War in many ways. Firstly, women helped in many different types of ways in the Civil War. Men weren’t the only one’s out risking their lives everyday during the war; women

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