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What did the Civil War accomplish?

The Civil War accomplished the abolition of slavery. It also led to a strengthening of the Union. For good measure, it put the United States on the road to becoming an economic superpower by expanding the country's industrial base.

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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 instead of dealing with the problem head-on. As a result, there was a kind of inevitability that the so-called peculiar institution would only be dealt with by some kind of conflict.

Though Abraham Lincoln initially saw the Civil War as being concerned with saving the Union, he came to realize that it presented an opportunity to lay the specter of slavery to rest once and for all.

With the victory of the North, slavery's days were numbered. Less than a few months after the War, the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, and slavery in the United States was finally abolished. As the North had emerged victorious from the conflict, its politicians were in a position to dictate terms to the weakened South. They didn't have to worry about any backlash against slavery's abolition. This...

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