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What struggles did the North face at the beginning of the Civil War?

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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 achieved with the South on the fraught issue of slavery without the need for armed conflict. Though never more than a minority, Northern opponents of the war were nonetheless large enough and vocal enough to act as a constant thorn in the side of the Lincoln Administration.

As the Civil War dragged on, becoming ever more bloody in the process, anti-war sentiment in the North increased, leading to full-scale draft and race riots in Northern cities. Yet it's important to recognize that the attitudes which gave rise to these serious public disturbances were always there right from the start, bubbling away just beneath the surface.

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The North faced many problems at the beginning of the war. The first problem was how to keep the border states in the Union. Abraham Lincoln placed Maryland under...

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