To What Extent Was the Civil War a War over Slavery Essay
Robert E. Lee
620 thousand of soldiers lost their lives, war cost 5 billion dollars, large destructions, especially in the South. 4 million freed slaves by Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Brother shot to brother.
Slavery in America has its origins from the beginning of United States existence.
In nineteenth century U.S could be called as an young country with wide, noble ideas of independence, equality and economic development; with their own basic law, the first
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obviously, American Civil War was a war over slavery. Slavery was the important point in the entire war: cause of start, lasting and the end of the war. Battle of Fort Sumter has started war over slavery.
It is the most popular way of thinking.
I would like to reveal other causes of the war and also negate some of popular views. In the Cornerstone Speech
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens told:
[...] The negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.
This point of view, named racism nowadays, was very popular in nineteenth century and had not been very controversial. First of all I would like to draw attention to the fact, that Africans were not the only inhabitants whose rights were abused or simply: inhabitants without rights. We can not forget about Indians. They were the ''first society'' of America and we can take a risk to say that they were treated even worse than slaves: they also did not have civil liberties, many of them were confined, imprisoned, located in reservations and murdered just for the reason they were Indians. Their lands were deprivated, bought back ''for pennies''.
Why it was not the cause of war? Why white man used Indians