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The United States Civil War A Time of Change and Equality for All The United States Civil War which lasted from 1861 to 1865 represented a time of major change around the world This civil war that absorbed our nation during the mid 1860s not only fought for the rights of African Americans in the United States but for the rights and respects of African Americans around the globe These times of fighting altered the lives of women living in a strongly patriarchal society by giving females a chance to live independently and successfully while their husbands were at war American males came back from battle to find a stronger liberated nation that was now influenced by voices in society that were muted just a few years before No matter a persons color gender background race or ethnicity the United States Civil War affected every person around the globe If given a short background on the United States Civil War one would learn this series of battles was based on a nation going to war over maintaining or abolishing the slavery of African Americans on US soil In the end the Union armies of the North dramatically defeat the Confederate armies of the South ending slavery once and for all with Abraham Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation All these things might be true but very often the roles of women blacks and the white men fighting are forgotten Every person in every country Clarkson 2 can relate to the battles Americans faced in the mid 1860s The U S Civil War showed slavery would no longer be tolerated setting a precedent around the globe of human equality When the United States Civil War is spoken of the real stories behind the action are often forgotten and misinterpreted Summarizing Drew Gilpin Faust author of Mothers of Invention when Confederate men marched off to battle white women across the South confronted responsibilities that they were
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