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Cnsequences of the Civil War

List the three most significant immediate consequences of the Civil War. Justify your selection and indicate which one consequence you think was the most important and why in 200 words.

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1. List the three most significant immediate consequences of the Civil War. Justify your selection and indicate which one consequence you think was the most important and why in 200 words.

The consequences of the Civil War were far reaching and not everyone agrees to which events are the most significant. However, one way to order the three most significant consequences from the most important to least important is as follows:

(1) Within the context of the Constitutionally delegated powers, State powers decreased and federal powers increased as a result of war. The concept of a sovereign State (as defined in the 1883 Treaty of Peace) ended and with it the power of a State to secede. This meant that the freedom to leave the Union was permanently revoked; thus, the United States became a Nation. This is why this consequence is seen as the most significant, even though many fought the control of the federal government, for a time, it was indeed necessary to oversee the nation; mainly, the strengthening of the federal government
and weakening of states rights.

(2) The Republican Party came to power. From its beginnings the party represented a certain kind of America: nationalistic, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon, and committed to a strong federal government. In the post-Civil War period the party came to represent many of the new industrial forces in society as well. Despite resistance from some Republican leaders, the party's policy stances increasingly emphasized the promotion of industrial values, and Republican actions in office aided the emerging, highly centralized industrial economy. This was important to build a strong economy and provide jobs.

(3) Clearly the institution of slavery ended when the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, ...

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