Essay about The Culture Wars And How Do They Affect Our Society?

1147 Words Oct 1st, 2015 5 Pages
How prominent are the culture wars, and how do they affect our society? Abraham Lincoln said in 1857, “A house divided against itself can not stand.” When he said this, he was talking about the dispute of slavery in the United States. The north was on the side of no slaves and the south was on the side of pro slaves. Lincoln said, “Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and put it in course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawfull in all the states, old, as well as new.” Basically what Lincoln was saying is that the people of the US have to pick one side and act on it (“House Divided”). This was one of the most important culture wars back in the 1800s. Neither side could compromise and there ended up being an actual war, the Civil War. Long story short, the north won and owning slaves became illegal when the 13th amendment was passed in 1865 (“13th”). The culture war on slavery tore the nation apart. In total, there were about 620,000 American casualties, which are about 200,000 more American casualties than World War II and taking the lead as the most casualties in an American war. That is over 600,000 American deaths over a dispute that got out of hand (“Civil War”). That happened over a century ago, but we still have culture wars going on. They may no longer be about slavery, but they are very prominent in today’s world. For instance: gay marriage. There are many disputes…

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