Summarize the effects of the Civil War on the United States.

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The Civil War had a huge impact on the United States. There were several issues that were resolved by the Civil War. Prior to the Civil War, the South believed the state governments should have more power than the federal government. The Civil War settled this question. Federal laws take priority over state laws. Another issue that was resolved was the issue of slavery. The Civil War ended slavery in the United States.

The Civil War sent a few other messages. People began to realize there had to be a better way to resolve disputes than by having Americans fight each other. Over 600,000 people were killed in the Civil War. The casualty rate of the Civil War was over one million hurt and wounded. In some cases it took years for those injuries to heal. The Civil War cost billions of dollars. It took years for the land in the South to recover from the damage that occurred because of the fighting and the destruction that occurred there.

The Civil War had a tremendous impact on the United States.