Paul Revere's Role In The American Civil War

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Over time people have fought for many reasons. Their beliefs helped shaping the outcome of their battles. In America’s history, there has been many wars. We got our independence by fighting in the Revolutionary War. In the War of 1812, we fought off the British again. People fought for America’s freedom. In the Civil War, the of the country is now being tested. “Sullivan Ballou Letter” by Sullivan Ballou was a text that showed a man who was fighting for our country to preserve it. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about Paul Revere called “Paul Revere’s Ride”, in which Paul Revere called the army to fight for America in the Revolutionary War. This brought the North together to go and fight to preserve America. Abraham Lincoln had…show more content…
Paul Revere was an American silversmith, engraver, industrialist, and a Patriot in the American Revolution. Paul Revere is also best known for alerting the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battle of lexington and Concord. Author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote Paul Revere's Ride to inspire people to go and fight, preserve America, and freedom. In the poem, Longfellow talks about Paul Revere and how he alerted the Lexington minutemen. As time passed, Paul Revere would ride his horse through Medford, Lexington, and Concord to warn the patriots. The reason why time passes is because in the poem it says," It was twelve by the village clock. When Paul Revere crossed the bridge into Medford town, it was one by the village clock. When he galloped on his horse into Lexington, he saw the gilded weathercock swim in the moonlight as he passed, and the meeting-house windows, blank and bare, gaze at him with a spectral glare, as if they already stood aghast at the bloody work which they would look upon." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow then says," Through all our history, to the last, In the hour of darkness and peril and need, the people will waken and listen to hear. The hurrying hoof-beat of that steed, and the midnight-message of Paul Revere." This is saying that people will listen and hear about the…show more content…
They were fighting against themselves when they were all one country. What was this fighting about? Slavery. Our founding fathers wanted to abolish slavery right from the beginning when they wrote the Constitution. They knew though that the South would not ratify the Constitution if they had included the abolishment of slavery in it. Many people wanted slavery abolished and fought in the Civil War because of that very reason. In 1863, the country tried once again to accomplish what our founding fathers could not. It led to the Civil War. In Lincoln’s House Divided Speech, he states, “In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed. ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.” What he means is that a country will crumble if they are fighting against themselves and cannot come to an agreement. People fought in the Civil War because they agreed with Lincoln. They believed that slavery was wrong and that it should be abolished. Also, they believed that this country was built on equality, and with slavery, there is none. There are only abusers and the ones who are abused. Without slavery, there will be equality, and that is why many people chose to join the Civil War fight. They wanted equality for everyone, not just
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