Civil War Preserved the Union

Civil War Preserved the Union

the chief motivating factor for the North was the concept of the country as an inviolable union. The citizens and their leaders prized the freedoms they had won in the American Revolution and saw themselves in sharp contrast to the oligarchical setups then in favor in Europe, he said. Northerners viewed the South as the domain of moneyed aristocrats and feared that allowing the country to split would mean, essentially, the death of the republic. So they felt they had to force the Confederate states to rejoin the United States.

Bodies of Soldiers Strewn About Field Following Bloody Battle of Gettysburg During the Civil War




Bodies of Soldiers Strewn About Field Following Bloody Battle of Gettysburg During the Civil War


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“They believed to do otherwise would betray the generation who established the Union, as well as future Americans,” he said.

While the modern American takes the stability of our country’s democracy for granted, citizenry at the middle of the 19th century understood that the country could easily lose what it had, less than a century ago, gained, he said.

At the same time, the professor said, the South’s decision to leave the Union was almost entirely predicated on the question of slavery. He described the move as an “anticipatory gamble,” not a principled stand for states’ rights.

Thus, northerners were fighting to preserve the Union.

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