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BGS 3996-The American Civil War in Literature and Film
Fall 2013 Final Paper
December 7, 2013

BGS 3996-The American Civil War Final Paper

The American Civil War was a dark time in our nation’s history, but as with most events in history, there are both positive and negative aspects and conclusions to be drawn from this war. How someone views the positives vs. negatives is going to vary based on what side of the war they find themselves agreeing with and supporting. If your family had strong southern ties, what you view as a negative is likely to be seen as positive to someone from the northern states. This would especially be true when looking at the war from a “costs of war” perspective; it is arguable that the South lost much, much more in this war than just being defeated by the North.
The damage to southern land, homes and plantations was devastating, but was also unavoidable given that the vast majority of all battles took place on southern soil. Also because of this, the southern states lost out on crops and experienced losses in production during the war. The destruction to southern soil made it nearly impossible for them to produce anything of value in the way of food. Southern soil isn’t ideal for crops like corn to begin with, and since so much land was destroyed, then chances of having any yields of crops that were able to produce food for southern soldiers and civilians was nearly impossible.
In addition to the property damage and loss of crops experienced by those in the South, it is arguable that the families of the Confederate soldiers experienced far more suffering as well. The innocent women and children left behind struggled to get by without the men there to protect them and take care of them. As seen in the movie Cold Mountain, this left many innocent families to be the target of undeserved violence. This meant that women who wanted…...

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