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The Civil War In American history only one war can compare itself to both world wars together In history only one war has ever claimed more than 600000 Americnan lives in a matter of four years and only one war has ever tested the right for racial freedom This war would divide the most powerful nation in the world in half The war would soon be known by millions of Americans for generations to come as the Civil War As clearly noted in Chapter fourteen of The Power of Words the Civil War marked a time of hatred and resentment fear and hopelessness In the address to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis labeled the northern society of the United States as selfish and instigators to the outbreak of war Jefferson explains that the reason for the southern secession was primarily due to the fact that from the result of government control the northern United States executed their politicalpower selfishly by the process of decreasing southern exports in order to better the manufacturing and shipping classes of their neighboring businesses Jefferson furthers his explanation of how the north continued instigating the war by noting the early selling of slaves to Southern plantation owners This selling of slaves to the south began once northern abolishment of slavery was announced After this selling and purchasing of slaves began the north set forth to help and entice southern slaves back north for freedom from current confinement to slavery This angered many southerners and as a result the south further depicted northerners as ruthless pirates Soon the resentment and hatred the south acquired toward the north turned into a violent rage and war would soon rise from the eastern shores of Fort Sumter As war broke out all over the Confederate States of America desertion from both sides would be on a continuous steady incline Tendency of describing war as exciting and sometimes
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