Independence and the Civil War
Explores how ideas in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution shaped the course of the American Civil War.
# 31300 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | 2002 |
Published on Sep 21, 2003 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , Political Science (U.S.) , History (U.S. Impending Crisis, 1848-1860) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865) , History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800) , History (U.S. The Young Nation 1800-1848)
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Concessions to slaveowners in an effort to hold the Union together compromised the ideals of individual freedom set forth in the Declaration of Independence to result in an American society less free than the founders had envisioned. This paper traces the relationship of ideas in the Declaration and Constitution to the realities of slavery from 1776 through the Constitutional Convention, the Lincoln administration and the end of the Civil War.
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