Explore BrainMass
Share

Explore BrainMass

    Tthe Civil War - Second American Revolution?

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    I need help with the following:

    1. Why is the Civil War often referred to as the Second American Revolution? Discuss at least two specific examples. (About 4 paragraphs).

    2. The word freedom is often used when referring to American history. In fact, many would say this word defines our history and who we are as a people. In an interpretive 5 paragraphs with at least 6 sentences in each paragraph supported by at least two specific examples, discuss the meaning of this term in the context of American history from earliest settlement through the Civil War era.

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 9, 2019, 5:02 pm ad1c9bdddf
    https://brainmass.com/history/american-civil-war/civil-war-second-american-revolution-46458

    Solution Preview

    1. There are many similarities between the American Revolution and the Civil War (1861-1865), thus the Civil War was coined the Second American Revolution. Indeed, both wars were defining moments in the United State History. Both wars had to do with independence. The American Revolution lead to United States declaration of independence in 1776 and Constitution in 1789. http://anythingarkansas.com/arkapedia/pedia/Eighteenth/ On the other hand, the Civil war leads to the end of slavery and the liberation of many.

    For example, the Civil War of 1812 saw the British force President James Madison out of the White House. The events of the war lead to independence through Abraham Lincoln, thus coined the Second American Revolution by some. In fact, between 1861 and 1865, Americans were at war against each other and many died. It was a very violent time in America, and some wondered how that was possible. It was a war between the northern states (the "Yankees") and the Southern states (Confederate States of America). In fact, what began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights, ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America. At Gettysburg in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said perhaps more than he knew. Indeed, the war was about independence - a "new birth of freedom." http://www.pbs.org/civilwar/war/ Similarly, as mentioned above, the American Revolution ended with the declaration of independence and a new Nation was born.

    Both wars were political, with the American Revolution against the British and the Civil War between states and some would argue against the State. Both events were unquestionably the most important event in the life of the nation. Whereas The American Revolution saw the end to colonization (a form of slavery in its own right), the Civil War saw the end of slavery and the downfall of a southern planter aristocracy. With a new political and economic order, big industry and business advanced. It was the first modern war very costing in terms of costliness, deaths and domestic suffering in America. It affected American ...

    Solution Summary

    By responding to the two questions, this solution addresses aspects of the the Civil War and the emergence of the word freedom from earliest settlement through the Civil War era.

    $2.19