The United States And The Civil War Essay

1653 Words Dec 9th, 2015 7 Pages
From 1860-1877, the United States had gone through many important events. For one, Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860. Lincoln’s election would end up sparking the bloodiest war in American history, the American Civil War. The war raged on from April 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865. After the war was over, Radical Republicans took control of Reconstruction until 1877 when it finally ended with the election of Rutherford B. Hayes. Through all of these events, there were many changes and continuities sparked from constitutional and social developments that were occurring. In particular, from 1860 to 1877, the constitutional and social developments the United States experienced had a large role in changing the relationship of governing power between the federal and state governments as the US became more centralized and experienced changes in the status of ex-slaves and Freedmen as the obtained more rights under the law; however, the United States also experienced continuities from the fact that blacks were still viewed as socially and racially inferior to whites. From 1860 to 1877, the United States changed as the legislative power and authority of the federal and state governments shifted as the United States became more centralized. Before the Civil War, states had viewed themselves as more sovereign. The South in particular saw that the states were the only ones with the authority to regulate slavery. They did not believe that the federal government could regulate…

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