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How Does The Civil War Still Affect Us Today

What were some of the long term effects of the American Civil War?

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Most importantly, the Civil War led to the abolishment of slavery. It also prevented the secession of the Southern states, so the US didn't lose any of its territory. However, the destruction of the South during the war drastically hindered the Southern economy from growing, which left the region underdeveloped in comparison to the rest of the country for years to come. The Civil War also strengthened the federal government and exemplified why a strong federal government is needed.


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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 in the former Confederate states, with reference to the War of Northern Aggression.

School textbooks frequently perpetuate ideas about the war’s causes that seem sympathetic to the states’ decision to secede. The debate over representation in textbooks continues into the 2010s, but key aspects were prominent in the late 19th century.

The public face of representation that is debated today also...

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