The American civil war took place 150 years ago. The war ripped apart the young country and turned brother against brother. The American civil war ended the most grotesque American institution in its history and caused the nation to struggle for the next decade to recover from the devastation. The war caused a wealthy class to lose their stranglehold over the southern economy and ended politics being swayed by whether you were pro or anti slavery. The war caused the death of over 620,000 men, around 2% of the population. The American civil war is worth remembering today. It is worth remembering because it shapes the identity of who Americans are today. Without it, we cannot understand why a nation could be split over the death of a young
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America is and has been known as the land of opportunity. Both of these we see are affected and molded by our bitter strife in the early 1860’s. How do we understand the context for the pursuit of equality by women today? We see it rise in the civil war. While men were out fighting Women who had previously been stuck to private life, were seeking new identity. Women for the first time gained public roles. Women like Louisa May Alcott who serves in hospitals were gaining attention. Trying to change the status of females from the traditional nurturing women to more a more public image. It is in the civil war that we see the first signs of the blending of lines between men and women’s roles. This serves as a context to the advanced but still lesser role of women today. Women continue this fight to end the inequality of sexism.
Diversity, In 1860 a group of states saw their diversity, they dreamed, dreamed of a utopian south where they could favor their own interest and desires. They sought to make that dream a reality in 1861. The lesson we learned today? We learn that no matter the conflict, no matter the diversity, we must never seek violence against ourselves as a means to resolve issues. That was the solution of their day; the battlefields are a scar, a reminder of what the cost of such actions was. I was drilled constantly growing up, ideas have consequences. How do we know this to be