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1Civil War Paper and PresentationOlen HendersonHST/155 U.S. History to 1865/ AAHL1IUZT3November 16, 2015Andrew Cramer
2IntroductionThe Civil War had defined us as a nation. Many had believed it had solely been based on slavery but now as we can look back, it was so much more than that. Shelby Foote belief in that the Civil War exemplify who we were “as what we are and it opened us to being what we became good and bad things” (Shelby Foote).It is extremely impertinent that for you want to be able to comprehend the American society in the twentieth century we must learn about this huge tragedy that occurred during the middle of the 19th century. One thing that you must be educated in is that it was the crossroads of our nation. So my question to you is what you personally think Foote’s meaning in the passagequoted in the beginning meant? How did the Civil War define us as a nation?SlaverySlavery began with a slow start; this was especially true in the North. Since the time of the American Revolution, there had been no more than ten percent of “half million slaves within the Thirteen colonies that in the north”. At this time New York owned the biggest number of slaves, with just over 20,000 and second had been New Jersey, which had close to 12,000 slaves. The first to abolish slavery was Vermont in the North when it became a republic that gained independence in the year of 1777.The majority of the slaves had lived primarily within the South. Soon after the American Revolution, the population of slaves' in the South had exploded, reaching 1.1 million in 1810 and
3over 3.9 million 1860. Three million slaves were worth about four billion dollars that had residedin the United States before the Civil War (Wahl. J.B.). Southern politicians had decided that the North threatened the livelihood of the South. The North had wanted to end the way that the South were living.