The irony found here in American history is that the country gained their freedom and equality from Britain, and was now fighting the same war against them. They let the same issues divide the country into two separate nations with a bitter hatred for one another. Perhaps the greatest irony is the fact that the southern states now wanted to be free, and separate from the northern states. Now the nation was found in a brutal state of war, which would eventually determine the course of American history (Neely,56).
Abraham Lincoln, striving only for the people's equal rights, described best what impact the war would have on the nation when he said, "Now we are engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether our nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.aE(Lincoln). Lincoln himself was worried about what the effects of the war would bring. It was truly a test of the heart of the United States as to whether or not it could overcome such a trying time. Times ironically sparked by the same conflicts that ignited the American Revolution.
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