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Was the Civil War worth fighting? Why? The Civil War did end slavery, however it did little to improve the lives of African Americans after the war.

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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 viewed their way of life as an expression of freedom that had to be preserved. They were willing to die for this belief, hence war was not something to be overwhelmingly feared.  If individuals believed slavery was wrong, they would be willing to go to their own natural ends to prove this.  In this setting, individuals were convinced of the moral good in abolitionism and were willing to defend such a belief through any possible means.  The reality in both is that convictions are elements of passion, where war in their name can be waged.  Ideas and beliefs can be negotiated, but not convictions.  If one believes that there were convictions in the formation of the Civil War, then it becomes quite logical to sense war in their name is quite plausible.

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Abraham Lincoln articulated in his Gettysberg Address that the Civil War was a test whether this nation could long endure.The Union defeated the breakaway states of the South, and we passed the test. This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.