Why the American Civil War Was Necessary

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History Term PaperThe Civil War, also known as, "The War Between the States" , was necessary, made many positive steps for the great nation to unify again and to incorporate slaves as citizens of that nation. The South refused to compromise about slavery and they decided to create their own establishment, The Confederate States of America. President Abraham Lincoln 's goal coming into the war was to unify all the states and to relieve African-Americans (World Book). I agree with both of those statements and consider them to be valid reasons for war.

First off, if slavery was to be abolished in all of America, the North needed to take action. The words exchanged back and forth between the divided nation were not getting anywhere. The South
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Usually they were put in bad positions, but they still got the chance to fight for their freedom and earned respect amongst each other. On the other hand, in the South, African-Americans had no choice. If their owners wanted them to fight, they would enlist them into the Confederate army. Obviously, not many of them wanted to because after all, the Southern states were battling for the right to continue on with slaves.

Another act passed that dealt with the ending of slavery was the Act Prohibiting the Return of Slaves. If African-American slaves were caught by the south before this by the South, they were shot. It threatened dismissal from service if one was to return a slave to their former owner. The United States Congress made it one step closer to ending the evil and cruel times of slavery of African-Americans and any other persons forced into labor. This voided the act passed earlier, The Fugitive Slave Act.

On December 18th, 1865, the 13th amendment was declared. It ended and abolished slavery. Before it was confirmed, slavery was still present in Delaware and Kentucky. This amendment gives full power to the Congress to enforce it. Still today this is in effect to prohibit slavery.

After African-Americans were free from slavery, they needed help desperately, so the Congress decidedly to aid them. On March 3rd, 1865, the Freedmen 's Bureau. This was a program set up to newly freed men and women. The main assistance it provided
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