America's Post-Civil War Growing Pains

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Running head: GROWING PAINS

Assignment #1
America’s Post-Civil War Growing Pains

The period being covered in this presentation is the Civil War and its growing pains following the Civil War. Things to be explored will be the turning points in American history along with historical events after the Civil War, segregation and it’s shaping of American history, changes in attitudes, and the life of an American along with the laws passed to discriminate against the non-whites citizens. Other things to be explored will be the scenario if President Lincoln has not been assassinated. Basically, it will be an attempt to touch base on situations that have happened during and after the Civil War, that are of significance.

A major turning point in history is when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862 and issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The proclamation’s impact was to free slaves only in the Confederate states, while leaving slavery intact in the other states. However, the freedom promised was contingent on the Union military triumph over the south. It allowed 180,000 blacks to fight for their freedom by becoming a member of the Union army. Other major turning points were The Revolutionary War and the World War II because if they had not fought in these wars, they might still be part of Great Britain, Germany or Japan and would never have become an independent and free nation. Those nations were cruel, ruthless, and determined to overrun the whole world. They were important victories in order to protect our way of life (Parker, 2012). HISTORICAL EVENTS THAT SHAPED AMERICA’S CURRENT SOCIETY A few major events were the invention of the cotton gin and the invention of the electric telegraph. The invention of the cotton gin led to separating the cotton from the seeds and made it easier to...
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