The American Iliad

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An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War 2nd ed. written by Charles P. Roland and published by University Press of Kentucky in 2002 covers one of the most important historical events that helped shape this great nation into what it has become today. This book goes into detail of how the war came to be, years during the war and the aftermath of this great conflict. In this Roland addresses causes for the war, significant battles that took place, the intentions for foreign involvement, and how the north eventually won the war. The Civil War took place between 1861-1865. There were several different disputes that could be taken into account for the war but the one that seems to standout as the most decisive is the idea to end slavery. In…show more content…
They outnumbered them considerably in men and resources along with their far superior industrial evolution. As well they were much more united than the southern states and had more of a purpose or will to win in the pursuit to unionize all the states with their sense on nationalism. The American Civil War was one of the earliest true industrial wars. Railroads, the telegraph, steamships, and mass-produced weapons were employed extensively. With the large industrial evolution in the north it helped them to a great advantage. They were able to produce mass amounts of weapons for superior number of people. As well they were able to transport their men and Amory by railroads and steamships, unlike in the past when everything was produced by manual labor and transported by…show more content…
It included several complex methods to end the war, the most important of which were the three "Reconstruction Amendments" to the Constitution: the 13th (1865), the 14th (1868) and the 15th (1870). From the Union side, the goals of Reconstruction were to guarantee the Union victory on the battlefield by reuniting the Union by guaranteeing a republican form of government for the ex-Confederate states, and to permanently end slavery. Although even after the war had been won and amendments had been passed there was still a great division amongst the north and south with that, groups like the Ku Klux Klan came to emerge. The "Liberal Republicans", who argued the war goals had been achieved and reconstruction should end, ran a ticket in 1872 but were finally defeated when Grant was reelected. In 1874 Democrats took control of Congress and opposed reconstruction. The disputed 1876 election was resolved by the Compromise of 1877 which put Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in the White House. He pulled out the last federal troops and the last Republican state governments in the South collapsed. This was considered the actual end to the civil
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