The Civil War and Its Impact on American History

Discuss the Civil War and its impact on American history.

What is your understanding of the Civil War? What do you think caused tensions between the North and the South? Do you think that slavery was an issue? Please explain your reasoning. Identify at least one of the campaigns or battles fought during this war that you understood from the reading. What was the battle, and where did it occur? When was this battle, and what was the outcome? How is this event significant to the study of U.S. history? Do you think Reconstruction had a negative or positive impact on former slaves, now called freedmen?