What is the most interesting thing you have learned about the Civil War? What do you want to more about? Why does this conflict matter so much for the United States? Explain.
The Civil War was such an important conflict because not only did it abolish slavery in the end, but it also helped define where authority was in the government. What was interesting to me about the Civil War was how the advantages and disadvantages of the Union and Confederacy line up pretty well with those of the British and Patriots in the American Revolution. The Union had more people, wealth, and a stronger government during the war, but they were on the offense, which meant that the Union would have to beat enough of the Confederate army to win. The Confederacy had much fewer people, wealth, and a looser government run by the states. However, they were fighting a defensive war so they just had to keep fighting against the Union and they would still have a chance of getting their way. The Confederacy, much like the Patriots, also tried to enlist international help, however, they ended up failing at receiving this help because of some battles lost and the central ideas around slavery that many British people disagreed with.
This war is pretty important to American history, and I feel like I did a deeper dive into this war in my middle school conflict course so I know a good bit about it. I think I could look more into how civilians were affected during the war and possibly go to museums or sights on my own to get a different perspective on these events.