The Battle of Gettysburg was the defining battle of the Civil War. To some it was considered the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. It marked a turning point for the Union as well as for the Confederates, though it was not the final battle to be fought in the Civil War. Before the Battle of Gettysburg, there were many events prior the actual battle that had led to this clash. The battle of Gettysburg was indeed a turning point for a Union victory in the confrontation of two dissimilar views during the Civil War.
The preCivil War years 18201860 were considered the antebellum (in Latin meaning "before the battle") years and represented a very hectic time in American history. Many new changes happened that sparked new trade and industry growth in the country. The United States went from being an underdeveloped nation of farmers and frontiersmen into an urbanized economic powerhouse that would soon dominate the world. As the industrialized North and the agricultural South grew further apart, major trends started to develop in the United States, such as the American Revolution, urbanization of the north, expansion and growth to the west, and the confrontation of slavery in the south.
The debate over slavery during this time in American history stirred up many different views on how it should be treated. The North began to comprehend the horrors and injustices that blacks faced in the south. The North however, did not want equal rights or social and political equality for the slaves, but for the oppressed to be freed. The South on the other hand, stood on how slavery was a key support to their cotton based economy and stated that without slavery the south would go into an economic slump. In the end, this as well as other debates split the regions further apart until finally, in the 1860s, the North and the South were two vastly different places, economically and culturally.
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