Canada During the American Civil War

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The Effects of and Views on the Civil War in Canada

Throughout most traditional history classes, we are given only the perspective of people directly involved in events or of people that were in the near region where the events occur. This often narrows our insight, giving us an allusion that said events only affected one region unless otherwise said so which gives us a slight bit of outsight. By opening our views, we must explore not only one event in particular but all reaches of these events, no matter how far they expand. Though learning about the effects of the Civil War in Canada as well as how they viewed the war is only gives us a little more insight, it’s a step towards diversifying and expanding our knowledge.

During the Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1864, the region north of the United States of America was not known as Canada until 1867 but rather as the United Providence of Canada. Though Canada had yet to become a federated nation, the citizens of the soon-to-be Canada viewed the war in such eyes and were affected by the Civil War, both economically and politically. The Civil War was also key to shaping Canada’s future. It’s important to remember that though the Civil War was an internal struggle between Americans, it affected its neighbors to the North and South of them as well.

Many Canadians had mixed views of the Civil War that was going on America even though they remained neutral due to Britain claiming that they and their colonies would remain neutral through the American Civil War. A large majority of Canadians had opposed slavery; in fact, quite a number of Canadians crossed the border to even serve in the Union army. There was still a small amount of French Canadians that had a pro-Southern view, they opposed slavery as well but admired the South’s attempt to keep their identity. Belligerence from Lincoln due to Britain’s neutrality made for anti-Northern opinions to form as well.

The Civil War dealt a great deal of...
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