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Secession and Civil War

Southern states that seceded immediately after Lincoln's election in 1860 did so because they had already been planning it in the event of a Republican victory. Their motivation involved what they...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2020, 2:27 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was the final straw in a decades-old buildup of ever-widening tension between the Southern states and the North over the institution of slavery. Though...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021, 11:32 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The election of Abraham Lincoln as president, without one vote in favor from a southern state, was the key event in a long series of events that ultimately led to war. However, it was not until his...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2020, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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The North had international legitimacy. Other nations recognized the North and could provide trade and credit. The Confederacy, on the other hand, never received international recognition. While...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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During the 1850s, tensions between the North and South increased as the nation decided to how to incorporate the vast territories that had been acquired during the Mexican-American War of...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2017, 1:25 am (UTC)

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Both the North and the South hoped and even expected, to achieve a quick victory. They knew that a protracted conflict would be disastrous. Many felt that it would be a short war and would be over...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019, 6:34 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The armies of both the Confederacy and the United States were made of largely working-class young white men. This was especially true after both sides enacted a wartime draft, but allowed the rich...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2018, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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One of the main effects of the Civil War on contemporary American society is the ongoing association between the South and the Confederacy. Even the terminology used for the war is often different...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019, 5:38 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The American Civil War lasted almost exactly four years, extending from the Confederacy’s firing on Fort Sumter in South Carolina on April 12, 1861 and ending with the South’s surrender on April 9,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

Interestingly, slavery wasn't the biggest issue in question at the start of the Civil War. The main conflict that sparked the war was the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in 1861. After this...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019, 7:33 pm (UTC)

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The geographical vastness of the South gave it some advantages. These benefited the South for the war both on land and at sea. The South's large size gave it leverage. The South was able to trade...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2020, 11:03 pm (UTC)

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The physical damage of the Civil War is estimated to total over $1.4 billion. That estimate is based on the value of money in 1865. The destruction caused by the conflict between the states is hard...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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During the Civil War, the North and the South used a number of methods to fund the cost of fighting. In the North, for example, the government used taxation to raise 21 percent of the necessary...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2016, 11:45 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

In his letter to his son, Robert E. Lee makes it clear that, although he's prepared to defend states's rights, he does not believe that the best way to do that is through secession. He says that he...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018, 1:22 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

President Abraham Lincoln took the step of declaring martial law and suspending civil liberties, including the right of habeas corpus, in Maryland after a riot and subsequent destruction of...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019, 3:40 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The North had two major weaknesses in the Civil War. The first had to do with its military abilities. The North did not have much of a warrior culture. Many more Northerners than Southerners...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013, 1:22 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

When speaking about the first half of the nineteenth century, the history of sectarian division between North and South really tends to revolve around the problem of slavery. One of the key turning...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020, 5:51 am (UTC)

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African Americans played a major role in the rationale for the war and the debates on its causes. The South left the Union in order to preserve what it considered its right to own African American...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020, 9:36 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The government of the Confederate States of America (CSA) was, for the short time that it lasted, fairly similar to the government of the United States. The CSA constitution was copied word for...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015, 3:18 am (UTC)

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Lee's son, Custis, had given his father a book on George Washington. The gift enables Lee to delve deep into the condition of the nation in 1861 and how this would be perceived by framers of the...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013, 5:21 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

In the final analysis, I believe that where one stands on the issue is highly dependent on where one places primacy. If freedom is a moral and absolute good, then the war was needed. Southerners...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009, 12:59 am (UTC)

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Institutional and individual racism were absolutely (and still are) issues from the Civil War that were left unresolved by the turn of the twentieth century. The few gains that were won through the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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The Civil War (1861–1865) was the bloodiest war in American history. The primary cause of the war was the status of slavery in the nation and its newly acquired territories. Southerners believed...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019, 7:59 am (UTC)

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One of the struggles that the North had to contend with was that many people—mainly Northern Democrats—were dead set against the war. They felt that some kind of political compromise could've been...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019, 5:55 am (UTC)

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Northern voters warmed to the Republican Party, as it was implacably opposed to the extension of slavery. This issue had been a running sore in American politics for some time, and no white...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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By 1860, one could see that the United States was in uncharted territory in terms of its ability to compromise over slavery. Henry Clay, a leader in creating both the Compromise of 1820 and the...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2020, 1:41 am (UTC)

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Dorothea Dix and Clara Barton are both recognized for their remarkable humanitarian work during the Civil War (1861–1865). In nineteenth-century America, women played a subordinate role in a...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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Manufacturing had always taken a back seat in the South. The northern colonies and later states did not have the climate and soil for vast commercial farming, and so had always been a society of...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2009, 5:30 am (UTC)

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The other answers cover many of the similarities and differences between the wars very well. One chief similarity I would emphasize, however, is that both wars were fundamentally about clashes of...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2018, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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The most important change brought about by this time period were the constitutional changes which ended slavery; gave citizenship to Blacks and gave everyone the right to vote. This was...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2011, 3:44 am (UTC)

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In many ways, her diary would likely have stayed the same. In the diary, she outlines the events of historical battles and class struggles and decries racism, sexism, and abuse of power. Regardless...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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These Acts were not necessary. They were essentially prejudicial and discriminatory. There is no justification, but the circumstances that led to their passing were trumped up, and caused by...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

Both northern whites that were against slavery and southern whites that supported slavery believed they were defending liberty. Northern whites believed that owning a person and not allowing that...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017, 7:54 pm (UTC)

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There is a very good argument to be made for the notion that the Great Depression had a greater effect on federalism than did the Civil War. The other answer posted here succinctly points out the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2017, 12:35 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The fraught issue of slavery had plagued the United States for many years. All kinds of political compromises had been tried, but none of them had done anything more than kick the can down the road...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020, 10:37 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The North and the South had different names for the Civil War. The South called the Civil War the Second War for Independence. Northerners referred to the Civil War as the War of the Rebellion....

Latest answer posted January 10, 2016, 10:59 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

When South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union, they were breaking all ties to the United States and forming their own government. They did not secede until after the 1860...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2008, 1:14 am (UTC)

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The South knew it was at a numerical disadvantage, and a severe one, in terms of manpower to fight a war, as the North had more than twice the population. The South, however, knew it had a...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2017, 10:04 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

There were two main disadvantages for the North at the beginning of the Civil War. I will describe both of them here. First, the North had much less of a military tradition and therefore much less...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2013, 2:29 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

President Lincoln faced several military challenges during the Civil War. The first challenge he faced keeping Washington, D.C. in the Union. Since Virginia had seceded, he needed Maryland to...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

There are many reasons why the North won the Civil War over the South. For one, the North had more heavy industry than the South, which had remained largely agricultural leading up to the war....

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

Lincoln wanted to keep Maryland out of the Confederacy's hands because it surrounded Washington D.C. If Maryland fell, Washington D.C. would capitulate also and the Confederacy would be able to...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

In some ways we were more unite after the Civil War, but it was a long time before the country was really whole again. There were people who resented losing, and resented being part of the United...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011, 3:23 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

In general, the Confederacy was technologically weaker than the Union forces. The Union possessed more than twice the length of railroad trackage that the South had, and while the northern...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019, 5:18 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

Charles Sumner's views on Bleeding Kansas created conflict because they inspired Sumner to make a speech on the Senate floor in which he bitterly criticized some Southern senators. A member of the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2012, 1:28 am (UTC)

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The constitutional and social changes that took place between 1860 and 1877 can be seen as revolutionary, though they are not often described using that term. Revolutionary change comes rapidly,...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020, 2:11 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The Civil War caused a lot of rightful bitterness on the part of the Native Americans toward the US government for a variety of reasons. Because of the land grabbing acts of the federal government,...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019, 8:41 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

In the 1830s, South Carolina responded to the tariff in two ways. First, they asserted that they (and other states) had the right to nullify laws made by the national government. Second, they...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2011, 2:58 am (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The American Civil War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in national history, with the total number of casualties estimated at around 620,000 soldiers. In this war, the northern states (also...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016, 9:43 pm (UTC)

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Secession and Civil War

The Southern invasion of the North known as the Battle of Gettysburg was won by the Union, soundly defeating Pickett's Charge on the 3rd Day of Battle on July 3, 1863. This foolhardy attack was...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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