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In 1860 arguably the worlds greatest nation was locked in Civil War The war divided the country between the North Union and South Confederate The war lasted five years and by 1865 the Confederate forces were truly beaten Out of this horrendous war though where some 600000 men died grew a greater sense of nationalism than is today unrivalled around the world The American Civil War is interpreted differently by many historians but most see the catalyst as slavery the motivation as economic the outcome was a unified national identity Slavery was a major issue that triggered the American Civil War Slavery started out as a few individual slaves coming from England that were generally white This changed however and soon the Southern slave traders began stealing blacks to take back to the South The slaves were forced to work 16-hour days slave women were only seen as breeders and there were no laws against the rape of a female slave In 1860 slaves accounted for one third of the Souths population and even still they had no rights see appendix one The Unionist North many people believed it was immoral to own another human being These people were called Abolitionists The South relied strongly on the slave trade and when the North spoke of abolishing it the South spoke of forming there own country The Confederate states of America The South began to see that the North was going to take action against the Souths inhumane slave policy In early 1860 South Carolina formed under a new flag Confederate States of America flag so that they could continue to operate their slave trade What followed was an ordinance of succession which saw the other slave populated states also swear an oath to the Confederate States of America also so
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