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In what President Lincoln would call "the last full measure of devotion," I think that the Civil War resolved the issue of slavery. From the results of the Civil War, the act of slavery was embedded in the Constitution as something that could not be permitted in America. To this end, the Civil War resolved the issue of slavery. No longer could it be seen as tradition or as the often used claim of "states' rights," or could it be seen as something to be negotiated from state to state. It was resolved once and for all as a wrong that needed to be abolished. This was no small issue to be resolved. As the nation was formed, the issue of slavery had demonstrated itself to be a thorny one, always presenting itself as unresolved at each important moment. The instant of the Civil War provided resolution. While many were dissatisfied with the result, the undeniable fact was that the institution of slavery could not be formally permitted again. It is here where I think that there is a clear issue that is resolved from the Civil War. The abolition of slavery becomes clear after the North wins and the South surrenders in the Civil War.
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