Crusaders for Freedom

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This essay covers the causes of the civil war. This paper mainly focuses on the abolitionists of the time.

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Rocio HinojosaCivil War and ReconstructionDr. Brad Duren 11/24/2008 The Civil War was a war of many causes; states' rights, cultural differences, and emancipation were all driving forces in this war. All these issues were argued over but none were more difficult to resolve than slavery. The institution of slavery was localized in the south since the 1820's with the growing agricultural economy of the southern states. Slavery became either a moral or social issue and it was thought that is should be dealt as such. Sectional rivalry in the nation turned into a struggle between north and south and slavery became the symbol of all the differences between them1. Slavery became a symbol of conflict between civilizations, between progress and backwardness, between right and wrong. There were no more compromises, or tolerance or reason and "good men" began to kill each other. By the end of this war for glory, honor, civilization, and high principles more than half a million lives were lost for causes no one clearly remembered and still few problems had been solved. Before and during this conflict between the states, citizens voiced their opinions for or against slavery in the press. This caused conflict within communities and led to civil violence. This conflict was not only fought over in the battle field by soldiers but also by ordinary civilians on paper and by actions. It is argued that one of the most influential and controversial figure o

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