America: the Dysfunctional Family

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America was completely torn apart in the late 1800’s which resulted in the bloodiest combat of the entire existence of the United States, the Civil War (1860-65). North and the South participated in are like what you would imagine siblings would behave in an expansive house extended over the nation.  They had different talents and skills to prevail over one another. These two parts of the nation couldn’t function as one anymore, which was attempted to be patched up with compromises. Both sides had their distinctions that clashed into conflict, compromises ended up in turmoil, and the South caused the Civil War more than the North.

The two parts of the nation both relied on selling commerce to thrive. However, different goods meant they must be produced in separate methods. The south was dependent on slaves to do the work for the growing cotton industry that eventually provided and monopolized over half of the cotton in the entire world. The North used wage labor in their industrial factories to manufacture supplies such as textiles and artillery. These sections reacted childishly while deciding who was going to have their way with the “toy” slaves. The rugged southern boys wanted the slaves to be doing tough labor for them, not prancing around the house waiting to play tea party. This led to kiddy, but bloody fist fights known as “Bleeding Kansas” that later grew into the full- blown civil war.

In effect, compromises were hastily created throughout the 1800’s in the antebellum era as an attempt to appease the North and South. Initially, the government didn’t try to parent the situation and were bystanders until the conflict became too tumultuous. The slave issue was predominantly handled when the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was passed through Congress. Unfortunately, this line of division for slavery that sectionalized the regions even more did not last as a pacifier for long. California qualified to be a state, but its entrance into the Union would disrupt the balance of free and slave states once again so the Compromise of 1850 was born. This new compromise nullified the last one and couldn’t perfectly satisfy the north and south equally; seemingly it was in favor of the north. The Crittenden Amendment was the last attempt to appease the South after Lincoln was elected but did not allow for it to pass because it allowed for extension of slavery above the 36°30’ line.

Ultimately, the blame for the civil war was not only fully on one or the other. Both the sides of the nation deserved partial “time outs” in the corner, but the South deserved an extended punishment. When the Southern territories agreed to become states, they must have accepted responsibilities to coexist in harmony along with other states. The states in America are like members of a family and threatening of secession is similar to teenagers running away because of dissatisfaction, maybe attention, and belief they would be better off alone. The south thought they would thrive after they were secluded from the North, however the opposite occurred the South endured 9000% inflation while their rivals had a mere 80%. Also, the Southerners acted like they were completely vulnerable in the election of 1860.  If the democrats weren’t divided between the three candidates- Douglass, Beckinridge, and Bell; then they could have had a chance of winning. If they were that passionately against Lincoln, then they would have banded together against him. However, once again they were too stubborn to set aside their differences so Lincoln won presidency.

                The great Civil War was the product of this elaborate stew of anger, freedom, and the inability to find a middle ground. Despite the losses of 3 million lives and destruction of the South both physically and economically, the war impeded a large step in the progress of freeing slaves. Although injustices continue to occur to Africans even to this day, the most racially degrading labor system had been lifted and it wouldn’t have been done faster any other way.
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