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The Civil War


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Title: The Civil War

The Civil War
  • Advantages,Foreign Affairs Civilian Life

The War Begins
In your hands, my fellow dissatisfied countrymen,
and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil
war. The government will not assail you. You can
have no conflict without being yourselves the
Wartime AdvantagesMILITARY
  • Free male Population of 22 million to 5.5 million
  • 800,000 immigrants during war years
  • 180,000 African-Americans join after Emancipation
  • Loyal Large Navy contolled rivers
  • Only had to win a defensive war
  • Had to move troops over shorter distances
  • Long, indented coastlinehard to blockade

Wartime AdvantagesECONOMY
  • Controlled most banking and capital
  • 85 of factories
  • 70 of railroads
  • 65 of farmland
  • Skilled clerks and bookkeepers for logistical
  • Large overseas demand for cotton
  • Thought this would get them outside help and

Wartime AdvantagesPOLITICAL
  • Had well-established central government
  • Politicians had strong popular base
  • BUT
  • Some fears that the war would be too costly
  • Hard to motivate some people
  • Motivation for a fight for independence
  • BUT
  • Ideology of states rights made fighting a war
  • Ironically, they needed a strong central

Foreign Affairs
  • The Trent Affair
  • 1861James Mason John Slidell, confederate
    diplomats travel to England on the Trent, looking
    for recognition
  • Union warship stops them, takes the men prisoner.
  • Britain threatens war if theyre not released
  • Lincoln gives in to British demands

Foreign Affairs
  • Confederate Raiders
  • Were able to purchase warships from British
    shipyards, use to damage merchant ships from the
  • One of them, the Alabama, captured over 60 ships,
    before being sunk near France by the U.S. Navy
  • After the war, Britain pays the U.S. 15.5
    million for damages caused by the South

Foreign Affairs
  • Failure of Cotton Diplomacy
  • King Cotton didnt have the international pull
    that the South had hoped for
  • New sources from Egypt and India new materials
    such as wool linen used
  • Without decisive Southern victory at Antietam,
    British wouldnt risk recognition
  • Emancipation Proclamation appealed to British
    working class, even though conservative leaders
    supported South

The End of Slavery
  • Confiscation Acts (1861)
  • Legal to claim enemy property at times of war
  • Contraband former slaves escaped to Union camps
  • Second Confiscation Act (July 1862) frees these
  • Allows Union to use these former slaves in any
    capacity in the army

The End of Slavery
  • Emancipation Proclamation (1/1/1863)
  • Lincoln had said that if states were still
    rebelling by new years 1863, hed free the
    slaves in Southern States
  • U.S. govt recognizes those slaves as free
  • Still slavery in the border states, only in areas
    outside of Lincolns control
  • Commits U.S. to a policy of abolition in the
  • As Union army progresses, more slaves freed

The End of Slavery
  • Freedmen in the War
  • Almost 200,000 African Americans serve in the
    Union Army and Navy
  • Segregated into all-black units, such as the
    Massachusetts 54th Regiment (remember Glory?)
  • Over 37,000 die in what becomes known as the
    Army of Freedom

Effects of the War on CiviliansPOLITICAL CHANGE
  • Republicans
  • Republican majorities in both houses, but begin
    to exhibit sharp differences
  • Radical Republicans
  • Immediate abolition
  • Moderate Republicans
  • Free Soilers, wanted economic opportunities for

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • Democrats
  • Most supported the war, but criticized how
    Lincoln handled it
  • Peace Democrats (Copperheads)
  • Wanted a negotiated peace
  • Southern sympathizers, outspoken critics of
  • Rep. Clement Vallandingham of Ohio briefly
    banished from the U.S. for pro-Confederacy

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • The Draft
  • At first, most on both sides were volunteers
  • North and South conscript, or draft men into
    service as the need for replacements rose
  • First Conscription Act (March 1863)
  • All men between 20 45 eligible
  • Could find a substitute or pay 300 to get out of

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • The Draft
  • Fierce opposition to these draft laws by poor
  • Thought freed African-Americans would take jobs
    while they went to fight
  • New York City Draft Riot (July 1863)
  • Mostly Irish American mob attacks blacks and
    wealthy whites
  • 117 people killed
  • Ended with Federal troops temporary suspension
    of the draft

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • Political Dominance of the North
  • Short-Term
  • Suspension of Habeas Corpus
  • Draft
  • Long Term
  • Power of the federal government no longer in
    questiontreated as fact
  • Abolition of slavery gave new meaning to the
    concept of American democracy
  • Inspires champions of democracy around the world

Effects of the War on CiviliansECONOMIC CHANGE
  • Financing the War
  • North borrowed 2.6 billion from government bonds
  • Congress still needs to raise more money
  • Added new tariffs and excise taxes
  • Institute the first income tax
  • Issue over 430 million in paper currency
  • Greenbacks
  • Couldnt be redeemed in gold
  • Inflation
  • Prices in the North rise by 80 during the war

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • Financing the War
  • Congress needs to manage all of the new money
    coming in and out of the Treasury.
  • Creates a new National Banking System in 1863
  • First unified banking network since Andrew
    Jackson vetoed the charter of the Bank of the
    U.S. in the 1830s
  • Government needs taken advantage of, new class of
    millionaires make fortunes
  • Hmmmm, maybe TJ and AJ had a point

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • Modernization of northern society
  • Speeds up consolidation of manufacturing
  • Mass production, complex organization needed to
    mount a war effort
  • Workers wages dont keep pace with inflation
  • Can you imagine a 20 per year raise?
  • War profiteers sold shoddy goods at high prices
    because of urgent need for military supplies

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • Republican Economic Program
  • Morrill Tariff Act (1861)
  • Protect manufacturing, helps industrialists
  • Homestead Act (1862)
  • Gave families 160 acres to settle Great Plains,
    with promise to stay for 5 years
  • Morrill Land Grant Act (1862)
  • States use sale of Federal land grants to
    maintain agricultural and technical colleges.
  • Pacific Railway Act (1862)
  • Transcontinental railroad through north

Effects of the War on CiviliansSOCIAL CHANGE
  • Women
  • Northern and Southern womens roles change
  • Operated farms and plantations
  • Took factory jobs normally held by men
  • Most gave up their jobs after the war when the
    men came back
  • Many women struggled after the war because their
    men didnt come back

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • Women
  • The war had two permanent effects on women
  • 1The field of nursing was open to women for the
    first time
  • 2The responsibilities taken on by women during
    the war inspired a new movement to obtain equal
    voting rights for women

Effects of the War on Civilians
  • The Thirteenth Amendment (1865)
  • 4 million people freed from slavery
  • 500,000 in the border states
  • 4 million in the South
  • Became full citizens with the protection of the
  • African-Americans suffered economic hardship and
    political oppression for generations

Costs of the War
  • 15 billion in war costs and property loss
  • Destroyed slavery and the southern economy
  • Transforms America into a complex modern
    industrial society
  • Capital
  • Technology
  • National organization
  • Large coroprations
  • Republicans enacted the pro-business Whig agenda
    to stimulate industrial/commercial growth