Thomas Jefferson's Influence On The Civil War

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Jefferson’s Rule is that you do not have to agree with governmental ideas. It is perfectly acceptable to have conflicting viewpoints and you should have the freedom to voice your opinion and fight for what you believe. Thomas Jefferson was the voice for conflict in the United States. Jefferson desired federal state power, to keep the Articles of Confederation with a few amendments so that way, the government was not completely weakened and the citizens still had a few laws to live by. He believed in the people’s rights to voice one’s opinion, or rights to Liberty. As opposed to Alexander Hamilton who desired constitutional power. Conflict and debate over the constitution began when Jefferson so openly shared his thoughts on the constitution …show more content…
The conflict of the civil war was good for our nation because it presented the strengths and weaknesses of our nation. The south wanted to extend slavery into the northern states, however, the north and west simply refused. They wanted to put an end to slavery. The conflict between two states created a civil war. One of the darkest times in American history, Americans killing other Americans. The civil war sickened president Abraham Lincoln. In the midst of Americas darkest time Lincoln desired two things: one, to gradually slow down slavery into extinction, and two, focused more on making America into one nation. “For score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. “(Pg, 101). Jefferson’s rule of not being afraid to voice your opinion, and fighting for what you believe in, helped plant the seed for conflict. Jefferson wanted federal government power just as the south fought for during the Civil …show more content…
It was conflict that brought the need for amendments to protect and limit our freedom. It is dangerous for us to not have amendments or to swift away from the founder’s intentions for our nations and may tend to give us more chances to put ourselves or other in some dangerous situations. Without these amendments we would see more shootings like the Sandy Hook Shooting that Sehat mentioned in chapter eight. Freedom can be both a good and a bad thing if we accept the conflict that it may bring. We would have a dangerous amount of freedom in our country, and that freedom would bring conflict because there would not be any structure. I believe that Sehat thought that having Liberty and freedom was a blessing, but furthering past the intensions of our founders can be dishonest and may cause more conflict than this nation already

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