The American Civil War

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Introduction The topic of my research paper is the American Civil War. I chose to write about the Civil War because it has always fascinated me. Over the years, I’ve watched several documentaries and read countless books about the Civil War. As the title of this paper suggests, this paper is about the causes, battles, and the aftermath of the Civil War. In the first section of this paper, I discuss the different reasons that Northerners and Southerners fought and describe the attack on Fort Sumter. The next three sections of this paper are concerned with three major battles of the Civil War: the First Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam, and the Battle of Gettysburg. Finally, the last section of this paper is dedicated to the time period …show more content…
The Northern economy revolved around industry, while the Southern economy revolved around agriculture. In order to compete in the global marketplace, Southern plantation owners relied on slaves to pick cotton and work their land. Northerners, for the most part, did not approve of this business practice. But, the subjugation of African Americans wasn’t the only reason why Northerners and Southerners fought each other.
In fact, the argument over whether states should have more authority than the federal government was another cause of the Civil War. Many Americans at that time in history felt that individual states should have the power to decide the fate of slavery within their respective borders. In other words, these people felt that the federal government had no business regulating or abolishing slavery. So, in a sense, the issues of slavery and states’ rights went hand in hand. But, then again, so do the issues of states’ rights and westward
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It was fought over the issues of slavery, states’ rights, and westward expansion. It began on April 12th, 1861 when Confederate Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard and his men bombarded Fort Sumter. The First Battle of Bull Run was the first major land battle of the Civil War and was a major wake-up call to the nation. The Battle of Antietam was the single bloodiest day in American history, but it allowed President Abraham Lincoln to roll out the welcome wagon for millions of emancipated slaves. The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War; the Confederates were never able to recover from their losses. After the Civil War came to an end on April 26th, 1865, Americans had to come together to “reconstruct” the relationships between Northerners and Southerners and blacks and whites. Even though the Civil War took place over a hundred years ago, these cultural divides are still very much a part of the social fabric of

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