Civil War Origins and Legacy Essay

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Running Head: Civil War Origins and Legacy
Civil War Origins and Legacy

University of Phoenix


August 25, 2008

Origins and Legacy of the Civil War Perhaps the greatest war in American History, the Civil War is unique because of the fact that it was the only war fought on American soil. The American Civil War’s origins were brought forth by complex issues dealing with slavery, expansionism, sectionalism, and political party politics. However the Civil War was mainly devised because of slavery issues and later intensified by tariff issues as well. During this time the United States was forced to confront the issue of whether new areas of settlement were going to be pro-slave states or no slave holding states. After
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I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man. I agree with Judge Douglas, he is not my equal in many respects, certainly not in

color, perhaps not in moral or intellectual endowment. But in the right to eat the bread, without

the leave of anybody, which his own hand earns, he is my equal, and the equal of Judge Douglas,

and the equal of any living man. . . .” (Roe , 1907).

The significance of the war depended a lot on which side you were on at the time. The north supported the freeing of slaves and preserving the union while the South was fighting for states rights and needed the slaves to survive economically. Of course Lincoln, forever torn and doing his best to play devils advocate, finally, on September 22, 1862, signed the Emancipation Proclamation to be put into effect on January 1, 1863. (, 1996-2008). This proclamation freed only certain states at a time, slowing the shock to the nations system but not shielding it all together. The thing is, at that time, not all southerners owned slaves and not all slaves were treated as horribly as we hear. In contrast, in the north, you either owned a factory or worked as a laborer (or an “indentured servant” ) being horribly mistreated and paid next to nothing for it, most of the time in unsafe conditions. In fact, immigrants, women, and children are the ones who mainly worked in the

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