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One main consequence of the Civil War was the abolition of slavery. For the first time, over four million blacks

living in the South faced life as freed people. Regarding the emancipation of slaves, many tensions and conflicts emerged between the ideal that all human beings are created equal and the previous existence of slavery and ongoing racial prejudice. Two examples of distinct consequences of this tension and conflict would be the ratification of the 13th,, 14th, and 15th amendments of the constitution. As well as an increase in the power of the federal government, brought on by an economic power shift away from the South during the Reconstruction Era.There are various ways to study and to organize information regarding historical changes. 

Explain how these consequences relate to the theme "The Rise of the West" (notes on theme below)

The Rise of the West Notes

This theme refers to the emergence of Europe as a global power, and the ability of its nations to expand their institutions and customs to other parts of the world. In time, this theme also characterized much of the growth and change in the United States. Westward movement was equated with opportunity, but such movement led to clashes with indigenous peoples (Native Americans). Territorial and economic expansion, meanwhile, became a powerful dynamic and, by extension, a driving force behind historical change.

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