American Values are Asserted and Expressed during the Wars

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Wars happen when people have opposite ideas and values. They test the strength and righteousness of peoples’ believes in their values and ideas. Wars help people and countries see the gaps and wrongs of their actions and moral principles on which these actions were acted upon, as well as assert further believe in the correctness of the principles and actions that had to be done to establish such believes. The United States had to go through many challenges until it was able to gain and create the land and laws it fought for; America is a nation that was created for the people, so that every person could find better ways to live and work together, in peace and prosperity, with liberty and justice for all. American people believe that it is important to help other countries establish democratic liberties that the United States citizens are able to enjoy. As one of the most powerful and prosperous counties in the World, America is an example to others. Privileged to be an American we must live in integrity with our values and in doing so we will humbly and consciously serve as a beacon for any human who shares our values, and as a model for any nation that does not (W.C.2).

The Civil War was the first major war that challenged the American values. The Union and the Confederates had a very different vision for the future development of the new republic of the United States. During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the founding fathers decided to put the issue of slavery on hold, because they believed that

the issue of slavery had the potential to tear apart the new nation because of the great differences in opinion about the issue. As time went on it became harder and harder to compromise on slavery, which later became one of the major causes of the Civil War.

Between 1793 and 1850, the Northern and Southern parts of the United States became more and more different economically- the South relied on slave labor and a plantation system, while the North benefited form the Industrial Revolution and the cheap labor of immigrants working in the factories. Another problem was the different social standards. In the South it was believed, that rich people should own and control politics, property, and government while the abolition of slavery, women\'s rights, educational change, and the right of any person to own a business were all issues that became significant in the North. These differences in opinion had to be solved, and since no one wanted to compromise- the only way to solve these differences was to fight in a war (W.C.5).

From a speech delivered June 16, 1858, at the Illinois Republican State convention, on the occasion of Mr. Lincoln to oppose Sen. Stephen A. Douglas for the Senate, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural, delivered on March 4, 1865 we see how critically separated and determined in the righteousness of their ideas the North and the South were. They were fighting for their ideas, believes, fighting to be united and later cherish and preserve the values of the stronger one that wins this War.

“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other…Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass way….Yet if God wills that it continues until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another with the sward, so still it must be said “the judgment of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”3. With malice toward none, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.” “A house divided against itself can not stand” (W.C.1).

The Union won over the Confederacy, and today we are still living by rather the same principles for which the soldiers fought and sacrificed their lives one hundred and thirty nine years ago- the American democracy. Following its history, values, and traditions, the United States of America always tried to help other people: the people who needed help, who were suppressed, living