Theoutcomes of the civil war which took place in 1861 to 1865 were asignificant historical event that changed the course of the historyof the United States of America. The war which pitted the Southagainst the North was influenced by various factors which will bediscussed in detail in this paper.
Thebloody war commenced shortly after the election of President AbrahamLincoln. The country was split into two as the Confederacy aimed atgaining independence while the Union desired to preserve itstogetherness. By possessing more than 80% of the total number ofindustries in the U.S, the Union was more industrially empowered.Additionally, most industries in the Confederacy were located on theupper parts, especially in Virginia. The South lost a consideratesize of industrial capability and ability to compete with the unionwhen Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware states alignedwith the north. After Lincoln had signed the EmancipationProclamation, most freed slaves joined the Union forces, asignificant loss to the South (Goldfield, Abbott, Anderson,Argersinger, Argersinger, and Barney, 2014). At last, the Confederacycouldn’t maintain its position in the battle following theweakening of its forces and depletion of resources.
Insummary, although both sides had drawbacks with which the opponenttook advantage, the North emerged triumphant. The South had a weakpolitical, military and economic strength, hence couldn’t withstandthe war that lasted for four years. It relied on its active troopsand competent war leaders. The North boasted of its enormouspopulation, better logistics, and a skilled navy in addition toindustrial capability. Additionally, the union had a well-structuredand centralized government. The surrendering of confederate’sleaders Edmund Kirby and General Robert Lee marked the end of thewar.
Goldfield,D., Abbott,C.,Anderson, V.D., Argersinger,J.A.E, Argersinger,P.H., Barney,W.M. (2014). TheAmerican Journey: Volume 2 (7th Edition).Pearson.
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