Negative Effects of The Civil War
The Civil War of the United States has many negative effects as other wars.
This short post is just created to show you what they are.
So, let’s see them all, one by one.
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1. Death And Injuries of More Than A Million People – Civil War Negative Effects
The American Civil War was the event in which America’s highest number of military personnel and civilians had to give up their lives.
Including the Confederate States and the Union, the number of their total military deaths was 6,55,000. This number is not accurate, it is just a minimal estimation.
You can see, this number is far higher than the deaths of the country faced combining World War I (deaths: 116,516) and World War II (deaths: 405,000).
On the other side, the innocent civilian deaths were more than 50,000 and also 80,000 Black slaves died due to some terrible diseases.
According to some experts, the Civil War’s total casualty was more than 1 million people.
There can be no greater negative effect that could happen than this in any war, where brothers kill brothers.
If you want to feel, how the conflict caused casualties, then you can watch the movie ‘Lincoln’ (2012).
This is an amazing Academy Award Winning film directed by Steven Spielberg.
Other good films on Civil War: Cold Mountain (2003), Gettysburg (1993), etc.
2. Conflict Between White And Black People Began Escalating.
We all know that before the Civil War, the people who were used as slaves in America were mostly black people.
After the Civil War, the United States Congress declared Slavery an abominable crime against humanity and permanently banned it through a constitutional amendment.
The amendment freed all black slaves from the clutches of white lords.
But it wasn’t the end of the whole story.
It wasn’t able to end the mental distance between whites and blacks forever.
Contrary, most white people (not all) became more intolerant toward blacks.
Even still we can feel the impact.
Example: In 2020, a white police officer killed a black civilian. The victim’s name was George Floyd (age 46).
3. Fall of Social Morality
Because of the long-time war, moral prominence has largely declined in the United States society.
Now, most of the people there longed to be rich soon. As a result, corruption started increasing to a larger extent.
On the other hand, due to the rapid growth of capitalism, the spirit of social morality became impoverished in people’s minds.
Especially, in the Southern States, the abolishment of Slavery fueled the rapid growth of Capitalism.
And this immediate social change raised too many social problems; such as prostitution, robbery, child labor, etc.
4. The United States Had To Lose Its Greatest President Abraham Lincoln
In the history of the United States of America, no other president has ever been loved and respected, the way people loved and respected Abraham Lincoln.
Even, in the future, it will be hard for the nation to get a president like Lincoln.
But the irony was – this great man, who worked for his country, his people, had been assassinated.
After the victory of the Union in the Civil War, slavery was officially abolished all over the country.
But some extremists who didn’t support it wanted to take revenge on Lincoln for this amendment.
Finally, on the 14th of April 1865, an extremist named John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in the head.
President died the next morning on 15th April 1865.