Please give me social, economic, political and military impacts information on the Civil War and Reconstruction era.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you can find many responses on the different levels regarding the Civil War and Reconstruction.  From my point of view, I think that the political impacts are really quite profound.  On one level, the political impact of the Civil War reflected a reality that the new nation had not considered.  Some convictions, if they are passionately felt on opposing ends of the spectrum, cannot be compromised.  They cannot be negotiated away.  In a nation that really prided itself on being able to negotiate problems and whittle away etched positions through compromise, this was a new revelation.  It was something that left its mark on the political fabric of the nation.  Since then, the American public has held deep beliefs, but has never allowed the fervor of convictions to divide the nation as it did during the Civil War.  Along these lines, I think that learning how to put aside experienced differences and work together for a common political end was something fully seen during Reconstruction.  Southerners were politically distrusting of the Northerners and the reciprocal relationship was experienced.  Yet, I think that for both sides, to be able to put aside their differences and work towards a common political end became something that drove Reconstruction politics and policies.  In one end, the destruction of opposing convictions became one political reality understood through the Civil War and working together to overcome such division became another political reality understood through the Reconstruction Era.