Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Civil War Week Anniversary

The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

One of the big topics of discussion out there last week was the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Well it would irresponsible to have a social studies blog that didn't talk about one of if the most important event in our history. The ramifications of the Slavery and the Civil War still have a major effect on how we interact as a society today. It was and still is the bloodiest conflict to ever involve the United States.

Studying the Civil War at schools in both the North and the South I find that there are very different views today on what really happened. Both sides appear to have a very idealistic view of their position and still blame the other for alot of what happened. So I figured I would take this blog time to talk a little about whats real in the the Civil War. Some people think that slavery was the cause of the Civil War. It was one of the causes not the cause of the war.

Viewpoint vs Reality

Both sides of the war believed that they were right and fighting for a noble cause and had to stop the others evil. In this section I will breakdown the perception each party wanted to convey and what is actually closer to the truth.

The Noble North- The Northern cause is sold as the noble federal government who was just trying to keep the United States intact. Everything that the North did was for the purpose of ending slavery and perserving the Union.

Civil War Myth / The Emanicpation Proclamation Freed the Slaves

During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln issued a document known as the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.


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