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How the War between the
States Changed America
Beyond the deaths that reached all members of society; beyond the
suffering that stretched to all states and territories; beyond the cost
in money and blood, the American Civil War changed everything that came
after it. This series of talks will discuss the changes in government
and politics, in industry, and in personal lives!
Part I: Political Change -- Amendments, Laws, and
Practices of Politics
The Civil War amendments – 13th, 14th, and 15th – changed the
relationship of the Federal Government and the States. They cast
a long shadow into today, and many still decry that, which takes
guts, considering these amendments were dedicated to put an end
to slavery. They intended to change things. They had to. The
Civil War was the result of not responding to needed changes.
But did the changes made have the intended impact? How did the
politicians, including the presidents and Courts respond? This
session will look at how and why the reach of the Federal
Government increased, and where this led.
Part II: Professional Change -- How the War Changed American
All wars change businesses. But from the middle of the American
Civil War on, this war accelerated major changes in American
business practices. The most important being the massive change
from independent businessmen to enormous business factories that
could produce the supplies and armaments needed by the Union
army. These megalithic businesses would be more powerful than
local and state governments. In this session, we will see many
examples of the War’s impact on the workforce, and the changes
it brought to society – good and bad.
Part III: Personal Change --How the Events of the Civil War Altered
Choices in America
From funerals to financial
issues, homesteads and home life, pastimes to personal freedoms, the war
made a difference in American life. We will see examples of these changes
occurring at the grassroots stage and continue to the turn of the century
and beyond. Yet, what about the changes in the South? These may be the most
important and the most far reaching of all the changes. What was the
response to a new population of freedmen? We will look at these and the
other unintended consequences of the Civil War on America in this session.
The answers will surprise many.
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