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Secession and Civil War

There are many answers to your question. However, the simplified view is that the south was fighting to protect their economic livelihood which at the time was slavery. The industrialized north...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2015 3:49 pm UTC

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The Southern states wrongly believed that Lincoln was planning to abolish slavery outright. In actual fact, the Republican Party platform on which Lincoln was elected was merely opposed to the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 7:11 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Abolitionists had an incredible impact on the Civil War for a variety of reasons. Prior to the war, the abolitionist movement was active in publishing books and pamphlets, as well as making...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 6:35 pm UTC

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This election showed that the country was completely split on the issue of slavery. Lincoln won by a small fraction, and did not win one Southern state, so it was clear that the south was against...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2009 5:49 am UTC

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Great question. One way to answer the question is to say what happens in America is important to the rest of the world. This is because of globalization. In the 19th century this was not as...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 6:14 pm UTC

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Washington, D.C. is our nation’s capital. It was created when Maryland and Virginia donated land as part of the compromise to deal with our nation’s debt. Since Maryland and Virginia were...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015 2:19 am UTC

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The civil war was inevitable because we basically had two countries anyway. The North and the South had solidified into two different cultures with different needs. They were depending on one...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 2:19 am UTC

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The two Union victories, which occurred almost simultaneously (Gettysburg on July 3 and Vicksburg on July 4, 1863) were together arguably the turning point of the war, though some might dispute...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 4:32 am UTC

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All of these could be useful to a historian who is trying to reconstruct the Civil War, assuming that the modern map is relevant to the subject. However, if only one of them can be called an...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2012 2:01 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The most significant factor in propelling the nation toward disunion was the Mexican War. Concluded in 1848, it, as Ralph Waldo Emerson predicted, "poisoned" the politics of the United States by...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 4:30 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Paul Johnson asserts that, although the Declaration of Independence stated that the thirteen colonies were at war with Great Britain in 1776, America only became a nation after the Civil War...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019 4:05 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The American Civil War made life very difficult for many people in the South. Of course, it did not have the same impact on all Southerners. However, it did generally have a relatively great...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2013 7:50 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Basically, the Republicans in Congress believed that presidential Reconstruction was too lenient. They felt that Lincoln's plan made it too easy for the Southern states to return to the Union...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2012 8:49 pm UTC

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First, we should note that the Civil War became more inevitable as time went on. In other words, it is more likely that the war could have been prevented in 1855 than in 1861 and more likely still...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 9:27 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

I think that both issues are connected to one another and difficult to parse in terms of assessing how each caused the Civil War. Both issues are connected to one another. For the South, the...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 8:48 pm UTC

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"Carpetbaggers" and "scalawags" were insulting terms used by Southerners during Reconstruction. "Carpetbaggers" were Northerners who moved to the region after the war, and the name implied that...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2018 1:16 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The North believed that war was the only available option to keep the Union together. The South had seceded and fired the first shots at Fort Sumter. This was an act of war, and the appropriate...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018 12:10 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

There are two main issues that remain from the Civil War period. First, there is the basic political issue that caused the Civil War. This is the issue of states’ rights and federalism. The issue...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 7:22 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Many historians view the Civil War as a contest between two very different economic systems. While there were also social factors involved in the conflict, it can be argued that even these had...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018 4:52 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

One social difference that made compromise very difficult by 1860 was that the south still depended mainly on slave-supported agriculture, whereas the north had become much more rapidly...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2012 1:20 am UTC

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In most ways these two constitutions were very similar. Most of the Confederate document was taken directly (often verbatim) from the Constitution of the United States. This is not surprising...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 1:59 pm UTC

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The main advantage of the North was in its economic and numerical power. It also was helped by its navy and its relationship with other countries. Its weaknesses had to do with strategy and with...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2013 8:27 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

This is absurd. The Civil War had nothing to do with chivalry. Chivalry is a code of honor. It recognizes courtesy and honorable behavior toward others including enemies, the weak, and the...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2010 9:41 am UTC

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The election of 1860 was the presidential election in which Abraham Lincoln was elected as the president of the United States. This election was important mainly because it helped lead to the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2012 6:36 pm UTC

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First, we have to realize that there is no objectively correct answer to this question. We cannot know for sure why the Civil War continues to have importance for Southerners. That said, we can...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 10:05 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

There were some remarkable weapons invented or first used during the civil war. More advanced rifles, which were extremely accurate even by today's standards, were used by the North. They also...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011 1:31 pm UTC

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In 1861, the northern states had a population of twenty-one million. The southern states had about nine million people, three and a half million of whom were slaves. Throughout the war, the South...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 12:18 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Several major events in the 1850s helped to exacerbate conditions that brought about the Civil War. I will describe some of these events, and then you can decide which of them you want to expand...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2020 5:11 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The Civil War (1861–1865) was fought over the question of slavery. The slave states wanted to perpetuate and spread slavery. The North sought to stop it from spreading into new territories. The...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 11:24 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Building up to the start of the American Civil War was a century-long debate among the original thirteen colonies and, subsequent to the establishment of an independent nation comprised of, at the...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 11:50 pm UTC

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Officially the Civil War began at 4:30 A.M. April 12, 1861, when according to Mary Chestnut's diary, the St. Michael's bells chimed. As the wife of a Confederate Officer, Mrs. Chestnut was well...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2010 10:40 am UTC

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Abraham Lincoln's closest friends and confidants among his cabinet members included: William Seward. After Seward's own presidential campaign failed, he fully gave his support to Lincoln, becoming...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2012 4:53 pm UTC

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These two battles are related to one another in two ways. First, they both ended at just about the same time. The Battle of Gettysburg ended on July 3, 1863 and the Siege of Vicksburg ended the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 8:42 pm UTC

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As with any particular textbook question, I would strongly suggest ensuring that what is offered here on enotes is consistent with what your text says and what your instructor wants. With this in...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011 4:50 pm UTC

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Usually major historical events are the result of cumulative changes occurring over a long period of time. I don't believe that anything in history has been absolutely inevitable if one goes back...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 7:49 am UTC

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Like any two generals (or any two people in any profession), Grant and Lee each had their own strengths and weaknesses. It is possible to identify these strengths and weaknesses relatively...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2013 3:21 pm UTC

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The roots of this crisis ultimately can be traced back to the dramatic territorial expansion which the United States underwent in the 1840s, along with the rapid growth of California, which, even...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019 10:51 pm UTC

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The Civil War caused the destruction of the Southern economy, while the war aided the growth of the Northern economy. The war was, for the most part, fought in the South, and, following the war,...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018 12:19 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

In 1860, practically the only political issue of any importance was the issue of slavery and secession. Everything else paled beside that. This was an election year and the election was one that...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 2:35 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Of course, the great bulk of the important action of the Civil War was undertaken by white males. However, African Americans and women did play some part in the war. The parts played differed to...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2013 5:58 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

I think a more appropriate answer would be that the Civil War was inevitable from the founding of separate colonies in the Chesapeake area and New England in the 1600's. The southern economy was...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011 12:02 am UTC

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There were two main purposes for General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” through Georgia. One was a traditional military purpose while the other was more of a “total war” purpose. Total...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012 2:29 am UTC

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Lincoln’s main concerns about foreign policy had to do with the possibility that foreign countries might side with the South in the war or might at least recognize the independence of the new...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2012 12:16 am UTC

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The main evidence that reveals this is the fact that Confederate generals typically won battles during this period when they were outnumbered by their Union opponents. A major example of this was...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2012 7:54 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

What you should keep in mind is that the Civil War did not emerge out of a vacuum but instead represented the culmination of a longer history of internal turmoil and escalating tensions, stretching...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 9:02 pm UTC

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There are many events from the antebellum period that did this. The one that did it most dramatically was John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, VA and the northern reaction to that raid. In this...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 6:13 pm UTC

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President Abraham Lincoln himself suspended the writ of habeas corpus twice during the Civil War. Congress then passed a bill giving the president the right to suspend habeas corpus. Lincoln did...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2013 2:33 am UTC

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This textbook does not explicitly say if anything could actually have been done to heal the sectionalism that was plaguing the United States in the 1850s. There were numerous attempts to mollify...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2020 5:44 pm UTC

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For most southerners, the Civil War was an existential struggle for the preservation of the only lives they knew, which unfortunately were intimately tied to the welfare and fate of thousands of...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2013 7:23 pm UTC

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In order to make this case, what you have to do is to argue that the war was always going to be determined by industrial capacity and population. In this view, the war was not about military...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2013 8:42 pm UTC

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