Economic Impact Of The Civil War Essay

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It is eerily personal, as we complete this course reading about the civil war and living through today’s adversarial climate of protesters, division of social, economic and political parties. As Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth” (Lincoln 428). The Civil War, while largely believed to be largely about slavery it appears to me that state’s right played just as an important role in the actual cause and continuance of the war. The division of the states and their prosperity, industry, education and representation in Congress divided this country, much as it is today. The economic impact of the war as is true in most if not all cases of war are that the spoils of war are the reward of the victors. The South was already in a weaker position in the industrial strength of its geographical coalition that it was amazing that they were as close to actually succeeding in their mission. They lacked the ability to replenish their troops with guns and ammunition and in many cases had to gather this gear from failed Confederate and Union soldiers. While in the north with a large population and a more sustained economy they were to accomplish the…show more content…
If only that type of diplomacy could have been universal and that of a calming word could have prevailed. In closing, to evaluate the impacts on the American people after the war should have been one of learning that war does not solve the problem of man, but it is a facilitator for future conflicts as there are always a winner and a loser. There is no great lasting compromise, but a fleeting moment in time that all heal their wounds until it is time to pick up their arms for the next belief that will end in
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