Do you know about the Civil War?
The Civil War made a huge mark in history. Drew Gilpin Faust is an American historian and was the 28th President of Harvard University. She did a great job of describing this war when she said, "In the middle of the nineteenth century, the United States embarked on a new relationship with death, entering into a civil war that proved bloodier than any other conflict in American history, a war that would presage the slaughter of World War I's Western Front and the global carnage of the twentieth century." Ta-Nehisi Coates, an American author who focuses on cultural, social and political issues said, "The casualties in the Civil War amount to more than all other wars - all other American wars combined. More people died in that war than World War II, World War I, Vietnam, etc. And that was a war for white supremacy. It was a war to erect a state in which the basis of it was the enslavement of black people." Lastly, we have Sam Ervin, an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1954 to 1974. He said, "I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate." If all of these important people have so much to say about the war then that means it MUST have been quite life-changing.