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  • Their War Against The Union
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    The Crucible of War, 1861-1865 An account of ex-slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass opens this chapter. When news arrived of the Confederacy firing on Fort Sumter, Douglass cheered the outbreak of the fighting and Lincoln's vow to maintain the Union. Douglass recognized that the Union was fighting solely to uphold the Constitution and preserve the nation, not to end slavery; but he also understood, much earlier than most, that a war to save the Union would inevitably become a war to end sl...
  • Senate By The Texas Legislature In 1857
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    Sam Houston was a great man in our history. He stood up for what he believed was good for the Union not the North or the South. When Sam was rebuked for providing the winning margin for his opponents he said "I know neither North nor South; I know only the Union". He also said everyone. ".. must stand firm to the Union, regardless of all personal consequences". He was fiercely ambitious, yet at the end he sacrificed for principle all he had ever won or wanted. He was a Southerner, and yet he ste...
  • Even Greater Advantage Of The North
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    Several factors played in to the American Civil War that made it have the outcome that it did. Although the South had better trained officials due to their military school, the North was far more advanced than they. The North had the advantage over the South in several ways. However, the outcome of the Civil War was not inevitable: it was determined as much by human decisions and human willpower as by physical resources, although the North's resources gave them an edge over the South. The South ...
  • Sarah Spied For The Union
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    Behind the Lines: Spies in the Civil War The Civil War was the bloodiest, most devastating war that has ever been fought on American soil. It began on April 12, 1861, at 4: 30 in the morning. The main reason that the war was fought was because Southern states believed that they should have the right to use African-Americans as slaves, and the Northern States opposed that belief. Millions of American men and women fought against each other in this war, and more than half a million died. Yes, that...
  • Union As Free State
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    The American Civil War (1861-1865) and the Reconstruction period that followed were the bloodiest chapters of American history to date. Brother fought brother as the population was split along sectional lines. The issue of slavery divided the nation's people and the political parties that represented them in Washington. The tension which snapped the uneasy truce between north and south began building over slavery and statehood debates in California. In 1848, settlers discovered gold at Sutter's ...
  • Gendered Nature Of The Civil War
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    Both the women of the Union and the Confederacy had important roles not only on the home front, but also on the battlefields. Though these women came from different backgrounds and were fighting for very dissimilar causes, they took on related jobs during the war. Women such as Clara Barton became field nurses. Others, like Pauline Cushman, became spies for their cause. Women also aided in actual battles by assisting the men who used guerilla warfare. Before and after the Civil War, gender in th...

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