Civil War Essay
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The American Civil War is considered one of the most defining periods in American History. It was the most deadly conflict in American history, resulting in the deaths of 620,000 soldiers. Another reason it is studied so much is because Abraham Lincoln, who was the president at this time, abolished slavery with the defeat of the southern states. The war was a four year conflict between the federal government and the Confederate States of America.
The Civil War started on February 9, 1861 when the Confederate States of America was formed, with Jefferson Davis was president. On March 4th of 1861, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as the 16th president of the United States. The South considered slavery necessary to its economy, therefore believed the government could not interfere. The personalities of Lincoln, Lee and other leaders made the civil war one of the most studied periods in American History. The war ended on December 6th of 1865 when the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified.
The Civil War had a great impact on many lives at that time and still does today. The Klu Klux Klan was started after the civil war by a group of southerners, they were angry because the blacks had won their freedom from slavery and they had lost their slaves. The Klu Klux Klan grew by the thousands and still exists today. Many people in south still hang up the confederate flag, and call people from the northern states Yankees.