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Myths of the Civil War
A look at the myth that the Civil War was fought to free slaves.
# 140126 | 2,750 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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This paper explores and destroys the myth that the Civil War was fought to free slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments furthered some citizenship rights for former slaves, but the Civil War was fought over economics and politics. The paper concludes that the Civil War really accomplished very little except enormous loss of life and regional hatred by the South against the North.

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"There are two important myths concerning the War Between the States: "The war was to free the slaves," and "President Lincoln freed the slaves." As will be shown, this war was more economic than social, more capitalist versus agrarian than merely political. Yet, it is the abolishing of slavery and, after decades, the eventual equal rights amendments adopted that were the legacy of this war. One has to realize that slavery was a "business. Slaves- even once freed- were only considered three-fifths the value of white men. In the years between 1790 and 1860, "500,000 slaves grew to four million..."

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