The Civil War was one of the most
tragic wars in American history. More Americans died then in all
other wars combined. Brother fought against brother and the nation
was torn apart. In the end, we must look at the important
consequences of the conflict. There may be others, but this is a
good list to work off.
A. The nation was reunited and the
southern states were not allowed to secede.
B. The South was placed under
military rule and divided into military districts. Southern states
then had to apply for readmission to the Union.
C. The Federal government proved
itself supreme over the states. Essentially this was a war over
states rights and federalism and the victor was the power of the
D. Slavery was effectivly ended.
While slavery was not officially outlawed until the passage of the
13th amendment, the slaves were set free upon the end of the
E. Reconstruction, the plan to
rebuild America after the war, began.
F. Industrialism began as a reult of
the increase in wartime production and the development of new
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