America Before The Civil War

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Civil War Paper Danyelle Robinson HIS 115 December 16, 2012 America was a country divided before the Civil War, and compromise could no longer alleviate the tensions. The Civil War defined America, and was summarized best by historian Shelby Foote in a 1994 interview with PBS Before the war, it was said “the United States are.” Grammatically, it was spoken that way and thought of as a collection of independent states. And after the war, it was always “the United States is,” as we say today without being self- conscious at all. And that sums up what the war accomplished. It made us an “is.” (PBS, 2005). Shelby Foote also said “Any understanding of this nation has to be based…on an understanding of the Civil War…the Civil War…show more content…
The Civil War began as a conflict regarding states’ rights. The South argued that the Federal Government’s powers were limited by the Constitution. Southerners also believed the Federal Government abused its powers. According to the South, slavery was a state issue, not an issue to be decided by the Federal Government. The Northern view of America before the Civil War was one of progress. The preservation of the Union was the immediate objective of the North, and most Northerners were anti-slavery; the South wanted to preserve plantation economics and…show more content…
It was difficult for the North to blockade or occupy the South. The South did not have to invade the North; the Confederacy simply had to defend itself. The Union was forced to attack in response to the Confederacy’s tactics, and as a result, suffered more casualties than the South (Farmer, 2005). Although the North suffered more casualties than the South, the larger Northern Army, and greater Northern resources proved too large of an obstacle for the South to overcome. Northern will held throughout the long bloody war. The fall of the Confederacy was well described by Alan Farmer when he said “A people whose armies are beaten, railways wrecked, cities burned, countryside occupies, and crops laid waste, lose their will-and ability-to continue fighting (2005, para. 26). References Burns, K. & Burns, R. (Writers). (1990). Episode 1: The cause (1861). In K. Burns (Producer), The Civil War. Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service. Farmer, A. (2005). Why was the Confederacy defeated? Retrieved from http:// www.historytoday.com/alan-farmer/why-was-confederacy-defeated. Kelly, M. (2012). Top five causes of the Civil War. Retrieved from http://american
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