The Civil War_US
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The American Civil War
Slavery in America
"Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Uncle Tom's Cabin
The American Civil War(1861-1865) was the war that determined the future of America. It was the war that determined whether the country ran by a powerful central government or by individual states. The war also addressed the issue of slavery: whether all men were created equal like what was written in the Constitution or not.
Election of Abraham Lincoln
Slavery in America seemed to the root of the Civil War in America. Slavery in America started in the early 17th Century. Most of the slaves brought by the Europeans from Africa to work on large plantations. Then in the 18th Century, issues over slavery sparked the conflicts between the North and the South, but no real solutions were made to set the conflicts. As a consequence, the North and the South drifted apart from each other bit by bit.
Published in 1852, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is the novel that is considered as one of the main factors that led to the Civil War. The book was so influential because it illustrated the harsh reality of slavery and sent the message that slavery was immoral. As a result, the book motivated the Northern abolitionists to protest with a new strength against slavery, specifically the Fugitive Slave Act. In the meantime he Southerners criticized this book as an attack on the South. This disputed divided the North and the South.
Abolitionist John Brown
Although Abraham Lincoln became the president of the United States, the South did not approve it because he won the election by electoral vote from the North; he gained less popular votes than other candidates. This was clear that he was in favored by the South because President Lincoln believed that slavery was immoral. The strong disapproval toward the election of Abraham Lincoln led the southern states to secede.
The secession of the southern states made it very clear that the South was not willing to make any other compromises. No peace talk could cool the Southerners down. The President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis said, "The time for compromise has now passed."As it turned out the only to solve this conflict between the free states and slave states was the American Civil War.
John Brown was an abolitionist who poignantly that God sent him to end slavery. To accomplish his dream, Brown used the violent routes. Once, after he misinterpreted the news regarding the Sack of Lawrence, he led the Pottawatomie Massacre that afterward triggered the Bleeding Kansas. His violent actions influenced different atmospheres for the South and the North. The Southern developed bitter hatred towards his actions while the Northern saw this as an act of protecting and fighting for freedoms. As a result, abolitionists saw this as an inspiration. Again, John Brown made the division line between the North and the South expanded much wider.
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