Was the Civil War actually a Civil War? Was the Revolution actually a Revolution?

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The American Revolution and the American Civil War are two of the most monumental events in the history of the United States of America. However, their characterization as a “revolution” and a “civil war” has been argued for many years. It has been argued that the American Revolution was not a true revolution, but a civil war, and that the American Civil War was not a civil war but rather America’s time of revolution. Some aspects of the American Revolution support the argument that it was a revolution, while other aspects work in favor for saying that it was just a civil war. Similarly, some aspects of the American Civil War favor the idea that it actually was a civil war, while other aspects do the opposite. To ultimately decide …show more content…
This cause gives support that the American Revolution was a revolution. Another cause, although not the most major cause, was Britain’s repeal of the policy of salutary neglect. From the time the colonies were founded, Britain has placed many laws on the colonies, but never enforced them to give the colonists enhanced freedom. However, when Britain landed down acts such as the Quartering and Stamp Acts, they sent troops over to enforce them. This angered the Americans, leading to violence such as the Boston Massacre. This cause is in favor of the time being an actual time of true revolution. Although the people who participated in the war efforts were a mass group of people, they were miniscule in regards to the nation as a whole. As stated before, the patriots only consisted of 1/3 of the colonists. One of the other thirds consisted of people loyal to Britain; the other was neutral, reluctant to pick a side. Of course not all of the patriots were soldiers as well, for there were many women who were patriots and men who chose not to fight. That lowers the number of actual people fighting for the cause even more. Therefore, in regards to the colonies as a whole, a majority of the people didn’t fight for the patriot cause, and the small percentage that fought wouldn’t be considered a “mass.” This, therefore, adds fuel to the fire of the argument towards the American Revolution not being a true “revolution,” but a civil conflict between two

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