Events Of The Civil War Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 2 Subject: American History Type: Essay Paper: #24947221 Related Topics: Civil War Women, Civil War, 12 Years A Slave, Emancipation Proclamation
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American Civil War

Give a brief overview of the causes of the Civil War.

From April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865; America became engrossed in a bloody civil war. It was fought for many reasons, which came together to create increased hostilities and carnage. First, the influx of immigration in the 1850s brought a new labor force to the Northern states. This offered them with an alternative pool of cheap labor. While the South still believed, that slavery was an ethical practice and did not want to end it. (Kennedy, 2012)

A second cause was the Supreme Court case Dred Scott vs. Stanford. Dred Scott was a slave who wanted to seek citizenship through the American legal system. His case was denied in 1857. It was based the legal interpretation that anyone who descended from Africa could not become American citizens. It also overturned the Missouri Compromise of 1820. This did not allow slavery in all U.S. territories, with runaway slaves seeking refuge in Free states. The result is that bounty hunters and federal marshals began capturing and returning slaves to their masters. This created a sense of outrage among abolitionists in the North. (Graber, 2006)

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In many cases, brothers fought against brothers. Women were the most influential, but had to go through tremendous amounts of hardship to prove themselves. This occurred on both sides, with them filling the void left behind by the men. In the South, they moved forward with planting and running the family business while they were fighting. To make matters worse, their lives were turned upside down by the advancing Union armies and massive slave desertions. The situation became worse, after the Emancipation of Proclamation. This allowed slaves to leave the plantations and move to locations that were under the control of the Northern states. (Massey,1966)

In the North, women became nurses and watched their families go off to war. This was the first time in history that women played a major part in a war. The term true womanhood was coined for those, who served during the civil war. As nurses, it brought about a new way of thinking surrounding their roles in society. (Kennedy, 2012)

On both sides, many volunteered in Rotary clubs and Christian Commissions. Their job…

Sources Used in Documents:


Graber, M.A. (2006). Dred Scott and the problem of constitutional evil. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Kennedy, A. (2012). The Brief American Pageant The History of the Republic. Boston MA: Wadsworth

Massey, M.E. (1966). Women in the civil war. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

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