Essay about The Civil War Was A Conflict Over A Way Life

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The Civil war was a conflict over a way life. A plantation agriculture of the South that depended on slaves. When Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860 his opposition to slavery was seen as a threat to the economic interest of the southern states. The South responded by seceding from the Union and founding the confederate States of America in 1861 with Jefferson Davis as their president. South Carolina was the first to secede, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana secede in January 1861.

The war effectively began the moment South Carolina passed the act of secessions. The south that the union remove its forces from government installations in the South. The most visible government installation was fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. When the government attempted to resupply the fort the confederate demanded fort Sumter surrender. Major Anderson (union commander) refused to surrender, confederate under the command of Beauregard opened fire. In less than 24 hours fort Sumter surrendered and the civil war had begun. Immediately following the bombing of fort Sumter, Lincoln called for raising a volunteer army to neutralize the revolt. In addition, Lincoln announced a blockade of southern ports. The troops begin to form in Washington and the Navy slowly began to block Southern ports.

The Confederate state of America with the population of 9 million was now at war with the United States of America with a population of 22 million. The union produced 90%…

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