University of Phoenix
September 3, 2005
Early American Wars
The Civil War began in 1861, and continued on until 1865. "The war claimed more American lives than any other conflict in history, with approximately 560,000 total killed (1.78% of population) and over 970, 000 casualties (3.09% of population)" (Wikipedia, 2005). To this day the cause of the Civil war and even the name of the war are still debated. Before the Civil War the United States was composed of four regions; the Northeast, the Northwest (known as the Midwest now), the Upper South, and the Southwest.
Each regions economic, social, and political development was growing during this time. Some more rapidly than others but the country was still growing. "With two fundamentally different labor systems at their base, the economic and social changes across the nation's geographical regions- based on wage labor in the North and slavery in the South- underlay distinct visions of society that had emerged by the mid- nineteenth century in the North and in the South" (Wikipedia, 2005). The Civil War greatly helped the economic, political and social parts of the United States grow and develop better than they were.
The Civil War not only became the greatest war in history, but also developed into an economic, social, and government policies. The North and South had their moments dealing with economic distress, but the South was affected more. Throughout the war southern wealth was beginning to decline into the 43% due to war cost; while the North's industrialization expanded. So, as can be imagined the South was concerned greatly with their cotton plantations especially if they lost their working slaves. One article explains the Civil War economic consequence mentioning (2002); One major economic result of the war was that it helped change the United States from a country with an essentially agrarian society to one dependent on mechanization and a national... [continues]
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