The Beginning of the Civil War

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  • How can we do this to our fellow Americans? This is insane!
  • I know, right!? It's an outrage!
  • These slaves may be suffering, but they're gonna make me money so I don't care!
  • Slavery is so important to the South. You can't take it away from us! We are no longer a part of the United States, Lincoln!
  • You are off the rocker! Slavery is horrible! You can't just leave like that! Don't you know what the "U" in "USA" means!?
  • After the Industrial Revolution, the people in the North of the United States finally began to see how horrific and inhumane slavery really was. They began to take in slaves who escaped from the South after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, and they, for the most part, became abolitionists. 
  • I should send them supplies immediately. They musn't be attacked.
  • In the South, however, slavery was unfortunately thriving. Southern Americans depended on slaves, and they still viewed them as human cattle. They still refused to pay them for their work; they refused to treat them like human beings.
  • Just come back to the Union! 
  • We are forming our OWN country! You can't stop us! Slavery mustn't be taken from us.
  • This question of slavery is what eventually separated the United States of America. After Uncle Tom's Cabin, an anti-slavery novel, was published, and after Abraham Lincoln, an abolitionist, was elected the 16th US President, some states from the South, wanting to keep their slaves, decided to secede from the Union and declare themselves independent from the US. The seceded states called themselves the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis was the leader of the Confederates.
  • Take this, rebels!!!
  • Sadly, the day after Lincoln took office, he received an urgent message that Fort Sumter, a US fort, was low on supplies, and the Confederates were demanding it to surrender. He decided that he would send unarmed group to the fort with supplies; however, the Confederates fired upon the fort before the supplies could arrive, and the North surrendered to the Confederates. This was the official beginning of the American Civil War.
  • Once the war began, both the Union and Confederacy wanted to put their different plans into motion. The North had two main goals in the war: they wanted to restore the United States, and after that, they planned to abolish slavery. The South, on the other hand, wanted to form their own country where slavery would never be abolished.
  • After the Union won the Battle of Antietam, Abraham Lincoln released the Emancipation Proclamation, a statement declaring that all slaves in the South would be freed on January 1, 1863, much to the South's displeasure.
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