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The civil war was doubly tragic because it was completely unnecessary Slavery had been ended in other nations with the stroke of a pen and yet in the mighty United States the country was willing to go to war over the issue of whether slavery should remain The southerners felt that it was their constitutional right to own slaves and did not see a time when they should be required to give up that right However upon the election of Lincoln as President the southerners felt threatened and felt their slave holding rights were being threatened and in an effort to protect these rights they chose to secede from the union The northerners and Lincoln saw the importance of maintaining a united country set out to bring back the seceded states Thus the Civil War began During the civil war 970 227 Americans were either killed or wounded this number was surpassed by only World War II While the civil war originally began as a quest to bring the southern states back to the union However the goal of the war did soon change to that of abolition While the war may have seemed necessary to the soldiers and governments who were participating in retrospect it was unnecessary In three separate European countries slavery had been abolished prior to the American Civil War and each without arms being raised Slavery had been abolished in Britain in 1838 Sweden in 1848 and in Holland in 1863 It indeed could have similarly been abolished in the United States However the southerners who were dependent on the slave institution refused to give up their right to own slaves easily Had the South been more progressively thinking many lives would have been saved and blood need not have been shed in the name of slavery This is particularly true because if the south had given up their right to free labor slavery they would have soon received the gift
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