The Civil War.

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"No war has had a more profound effect on the United States of America than the Civil War. It's outcome not only determined the political future of the country but also how American Society would develop. The outcome of the Civil War has affected almost every American living today."

Due to the Civil War, 620,000 lives were taken. During the time period, there were only 30 million Americans. In other words, 1 out of 50 Americans were killed. In other words, 1 out of 12 boys and men, died in this war. It was called the Bloodiest War. It pitched brother against brother and father against son. The Civil War split the country in half. And in the case of Virginia, the state itself was split in half.

Before, the Civil War, the North had grown into a more manufacturing and fast growing area. Plenty of people had been not using slaves any longer.

The slaves, were put in the factories, and got paid, just not very much. Yet, the South had remained the basic idea. They still had been using plantations and slaves. They did use machines for farming or any other purpose. They relied on the slaves.

When President Lincoln was elected, problems arose. He banned slavery in all the country, which caused problems for the Southern States. They still needed the slaves. Because of the problems, the South Carolina voted to secede, or break away from the country. This was just a month after Lincoln was elected president.

The next year, in January of 1861, other states follow. Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana secede. Then, quickly after, Texas secedes. After that, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as president of the Confederate States of America, commonly called, the rebels, by the northern states. Just weeks later, in...