The Presidency Of James Buchanan Essay

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During the presidency of James Buchanan (1857-1860), “tensions over the issue of extending slavery... [along with] shifting social, economic, political, and constitutional problems of [a] fast-growing country [fragmentation of its] citizenry” was inevitable (American Military History, 2001). By 1861, eleven southern states seceded from the Union in pursuit of a nation that would safeguard the institution of slavery. In doing so, they formed the government of the Confederate States of America. However, after taking office, President Abraham Lincoln President was determined to keep all states under one Union. His refusal to acknowledge the southern states as an independent country and his continued anti-slavery messages further increased the distain of the southern states. By April 1861, the Confederates decided it was time to show force by attacking and successfully capturing the surrender of the Union’s stronghold on Fort Sumter, South Carolina and catapulting the United States in the American Civil War. The four years that followed riddled the country with campaigns that would forever shape our lands. The purpose of this paper is to give analysis of one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg. The intent is to examine…..
Known as one of the most brutal battles of its times, the clash at Gettysburg was an encounter of opportunity not one of intent. In 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee felt it imperative to shift the tide of the…

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