The Civil War was the result of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states. When Abraham Lincoln won the election in 1860, as the first Republican president on a platform promising to keep slavery out of the territories, seven slave states in the deep South seceded and formed a new nation, the Confederate States of America. Military during the Civil War was off, but equalled out in terms of stats, North having better leadership and South having better weapons. As the United States expanded westward, two new territories were created from the issue of slavery in the United States. The U.S. government let the two new territories decide whether or not to allow slavery.
Based upon superficial analysis of the Civil War, one would get the impression that the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and the Emancipation Proclamation further incited the tensions between the North and South that contributed to the formation of the Southern Confederate States of America. The first point that stood out to me, contradicts the popular belief that the Civil War was caused by radical opposing views of slavery. A.K. McClure’s address highlights the ideology of both, the North and South, was rooted in rational principles. In addition, he discusses the opposing political views between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Many years after the Government abolished the international slave trade, a great unrest period developed. For a decade the question of slavery was swept underneath the rug. The issue of slavery was not fully exploited until 1861, when the civil war broke out. The author, Joseph Ellis, from the book Founding Brothers, presents the founding brothers as worried about slavery and wanting to maintain the peace of the fledgling nation. Joseph Ellis suggests an inquiry that slavery split the country so extremely that it became unresolveable every time the argument was pushed further into the future.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand -- I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free” (Riggs 1). In the 1850’s the North’s economy and the South’s economy were very different from each other. The North relied on industries and had no need for slavery. While the South mostly relied on agriculture and slavery. After many disagreements over slavery it led to the Civil War.
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address Rhetorical Analysis The purpose of this speech is detailed in the time period. This speech was written/spoken at the end of the American Civil war. It is President Lincoln’s way of putting a tentative end to the war and a start to the recovery period. He is still oppressing the south in his diction when he states “Both parties deprecated war: but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish.
In February 1861, a new government was on the horizon in the United States, known as the Confederate States of America. Composed of seven states from the South, this new government looked to separate from a union that they felt was tipping in power towards those who wanted to threaten the rights of the South, especially slavery. Similarly, in early 1775, colonists were preparing for revolution against a power that they felt oppressed their rights and wanted to take away their liberties. However, the Civil War was a not a complete representation of a second American Revolution. The Civil War was more than an unsatisfied party rebelling against a larger power, but a clash between two vastly different ways of life.
The American Civil War changed Americans and their ideals about freedom in many ways. Northern and Southern United states began to have simmering tensions for the states’ rights versus federal authority, plus westward expansion, and slavery had huge effects on the states. An election which made anti-slavery Republican Abraham Lincoln the president of the United States of America in 1860, caused seven of the southern states to concede from the Union to make The Confederate States Of America soon after four more joined afterwards. It changed Americans in many ways as neighbors fought each other through the 4 gruesome years of the war. Conflict between the sides were like fights between brother and brother instead with many deaths.
The Battle of Gettysburg, like the rest of the war, was between two armies with their own social structure, including their own values, needs, history, religion, customs, and culture. Each army had their own values. One side believed in succession and becoming its own sovereign state while the other believed in remaining whole. The Confederate Army believed slavery was justifiable while the Union Army believed it to be inhumane. During the battle, the people’s needs and both armies’ needs became apparent.
The Civil War is one of the most important events in United States history. The nation was no longer united, but instead divided between the North and the South. The country was exposed to horrific events that changed the lives of many Americans. The war was also a period of significant political and social change. The Civil War could be considered a “Second American Revolution" because of the abolition of slavery, and Abraham Lincolns radical ideas, which significantly changed the concept of government.
Abraham Lincoln. Gettysburg Address, 1863 By Patricia Moreno Centro Asociado: Alzira-Valencia The Gettysburg Address is a 272-word political speech delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on the 19th of November 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. America was suffering de consequences of one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the civil war and after four months of fight, the President travelled to the battlefield to encourage American soldiers so that they could manage to end the war successfully.
The most controversial document in Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was the Emancipation Proclamation. It was met with both hostility and jubilation by the North. The proclamation declares that everybody that was held as slaves within the rebellious states,the southern states in rebellion, were going to be free. Most people do not know that it was written twice.
During the mid-1800’s American society was heavily influenced by conflicts of ideas and beliefs and mass social movements such as abolitionism and transcendentalism. Although the Civil War was fought originally to re-establish unity within the Union, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation brought the moral conflict of whether slavery was right into the war and made it a prominent driving force in the fight for abolition and suffrage. Abolitionists sought to end the prejudices against African Americans and to give them equal rights. The increasingly prominent movement of transcendentalism during this time period made people want to move away from the constraints of society and become independent while searching for their individuality.