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Introduction

The American Civil War The American Civil War had many major immediate and underlying effects on America. During this time Northerners and Southerners allowed themselves to hate each other enough to make war because of their different beliefs, lifestyles, and control issues. The American Civil War began because of the northerners and southerners had very different views on the constitution. The south had slavery and thought that it was the right way to live, while the north was slave free and wanted it to be like that in both the north and south. They both interpreted the constitution as a power struggle between both sides. The North did not want slavery to spread into their territory, so they tried to gain power by working against the South to get the new states that were created. This way if they succeeded they could enforce their lifestyles on those states to gain power and territory throughout America to take the upper hand. There was always a divide in the country, because of the diverse ways of living and their beliefs. The spread of slavery was trying to be harnessed so it did not spread into the north's Territory. ...read more.

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Some effects were the south and north fighting over control, Missouri Compromise line, and the ending the whole thing was ended by the Emancipation Proclamation. People have to make decisions in their life everyday, some are little and others are life changing. Roger Williams, William Penn, George Grenville, John Quincy Adams, and John Brown had to make at least one crucial decision that not only changed their lives, but affected hundreds of people at the same time. There were many crucial decisions that shaped history by many important men that most have heard of at some point because of there decisions. One of those men was Rodger Williams, a separatist who immigrated into Massachusetts Bay. He was charged for opposing the king of England by saying that church and state should be totally and utterly separate and also that the puritans shouldn't be able to impose their beliefs on other. This was a crucial decision for William's because when he was convicted and abolished his consequences were to leave all of the colonies and to go back to England. He did not do so; he stayed in America and created his own colony known as present day Providence, Rhode Island. ...read more.

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Adams and his team established the Treaty of Ghent which ended the battle of New Orleans while stating the restoration of the pre-war status, ended hostility with the British and the Native Americans, the release of prisoners, restoration of territory that was gained, and boundary disputes. Last but certainly not least John Brown, in October 1859 made the decision to lead a group of eighteen men, both black and white, to raid the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. He was a crazy fanatic that made the decision and decided that all slaves should be free. His idea for the slaves was to rally together, rebel against their owners, and free themselves. This was a complete and utter failure and he was captured very soon after the raid began. Their goal was to trigger slave rebellion which did not work, but this was remembered because it divided the democratic government and allowed Lincoln to become president. Crucial decisions were made by all of the men above which shaped out lives that we live into today. Slavery, the Treaty of Ghent, and taxing the colonies were all crucial decisions and I am sure there are many more to come that will shape the future of our children. ...read more.

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