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9781844061914

Defining Moments: The Civil War

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    9781844061914

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    1844061914

  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2011-05-31
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors, LLC
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The Civil War-like all civil wars-wasdivisive, costly, and savage. More Americansdied in this war than in World War I and WorldWar II combined. Brother was pitted againstbrother and neighbor against neighbor. Thereare no civilians in a civil war and both sides'scorched earth policies meant that there weresignificant noncombatant casualties.The Civil War was a defining moment in thehistory of the United States. It showed that thefragile union of colonies on the eastern seaboardof America, a disparate people in a ruggedland, would not be allowed to break up, thatit was indivisible and would remain a nation.Indeed, within a century of the Civil War, theUnited States would be the strongest nation onearth. The war also showed the world that theanathema of slavery would not be allowed tocontinue, that America was free and would be achampion of freedom.But although these high-minded principlesplayed their part in the justification for war,they were not the main reason for it. Theunderlying causes of the war were the economicand societal differences between the industrialNorth, crowded with immigrants, pushing thewestward boundaries of the country, and theSouthern states, whose static society was basedon plantations run by slave labor. The Civil Warpitted two ways of life against each other: bothsides were fighting for survival, knowing that thewinner would take all.Defining Moments: The Civil War looks at thekey events of the war, explaining them withcontemporary material-photographs, maps,documents, and illustrations.

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