The Causes Of Slavery In Killer Angels?

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The story Killer Angels provides an in-depth perspective of both Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. The author, Michael Shaara, accomplishes a special feat due to the fact that throughout the novel he rarely breaks away from the factual aspects of America 's bloodiest war. The Civil War had seemingly various causes despite numerous soldiers and outsiders believing it was entirely about slavery. The Union and Confederates weren 't just fighting over the rights and ideas of slavery, they were fighting for much more. It was a power struggle. Throughout all of history, it has been perceived that slavery was at the forefront of the causes of the Civil War. However, there is a multitude of causes and meanings of the Civil War from …show more content…
Soldiers in the Civil War and citizens of other countries had contrasting understandings of what the war was truly being fought for. "They think we 're fighting to keep the slaves. He says that 's what most of Europe thinks the war is all about. Now, what we supposed to do about that?" (pg 244) These are the words Armistead uttered to Longstreet, who thought the war was about slavery, but fought for a different reason. "In a land where all slaves are servants, all servants are slaves, and thus ends democracy" (pg 244) Longstreet recalls a speech after reflecting on the cause of the war and he realizes he doesn 't know what the true motivation of the war is. Despite being such a massive conflict, those involved had lost sight of what the overall goal and cause was. Different people fought for different reasons, despite the perception that they battled just for the crucial item of slave labor in their …show more content…
With pride aside, the sides fought for power and control. The North and South realized that if expansion of free labor or slave labor occurred, the other would be at a disadvantage in Congress. The two recognized the political and economic turmoil that would pursue if they attempted to coexist as one nation with the labor system that was implemented at that time. "To Republicans, the South appeared as an alien and threatening society, whose values and interests were in fundamental conflict with those of the North" (Foner 340) The North for the sake of preserving the Union was faced with the dilemma of fighting their own brothers in order to protect and implement political and labor oriented policies already in place within the northern states and eliminate the slave labor policies adopted by the southern states. "The Republican critique of southern society, thus focused upon the degradation of labor- the slave 's ignorance and lack of incentive, and the laboring whites poverty, degradation, and lack of social mobility"(Foner 340) The North 's labor ideals focused mainly on the idea of social mobility within the labor system. The idea that an individual or family are self-motivated and satisfied climbing through the layers of the social system through hard work while also making wages to support a themselves and loved

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