The Civil War: The Turning Point In American History

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The civil war, which started in 1861, was the turning point in American history. Similar to the American Revolution, less than 100 years prior, the civil war brought upon a change that would ultimately shape the nation. Although many issues played a role in the division of the nation, slavery became the pioneer. As a result of the northern state being victorious in this war, slavery was now abolished. Slavery being abolished then left many questions that would have to be addressed during the reconstruction of the union. With the death of Abraham Lincoln, many Americans, as well as newly freed blacks, feared the idea of reverting back to pre-civil war conditions; however, many blacks believed this was an opportunity to gain citizenship, a
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