The United States of America is no stranger to fighting. Even between the states. However, the American Civil War is more than just a bloody stain on America's history. It resulted in major changes to the Constitution. And it altered the lives of millions of people for both black and white people.
Many countries experience civil wars. Whether it is about citizens demanding free rights and fair treatment or the government seizing control of its land and people. Civil wars are always terrifying and tragic.
Although it happened over 150 years ago, wounds from the deadly war are still fresh for some Americans. Do you think the Confederate flag is a symbol of heritage or racism? While those opinions might be open to interpretation, how much do you really know about the Civil War? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the facts!
You might surprise yourself with how much you know (or don't know).
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The Civil War erupted because the southern states wanted to preserve slavery whereas the northern states moved toward freedom. After the Civil War, the 13th Amendment was already in place, but both the 14th and 15th amendments were added to the Constitution as well. Not only that, but the southern states had to be re-admitted to the United States of America only after these three amendments were guaranteed.
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, except by punishment for crime. The 14th Amendment stated that all citizens receive equal protection under the law. Finally, the 15th Amendment allowed black men the right to vote.
Although these amendments were a step in the right direction for African-Americans, especially in the 1800s, the 13th and 14th amendments still play a crucial role in America’s society. Well into the 21st century, different minorities including black citizens still lobby for equal treatment by the government at both state and federal levels.
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