Other than Gettysburg or Vicksburg, make an argument for the single event you deem the most significant to the legacy of the American Civil War on reforms that are present in today’s American Society, and explain your choice. You may choose from political, military, economic, or social impact. Your choice should include setting, timeline, major figures, catalysts, outcomes, and statistics (if a battle). More than just a recap, this needs to explain why this is still significant today and use evidence from the past to talk about the present. Your response must be at least 300 words in length.
Introduce the debate surrounding abolition vs. equality and how it led to the American Civil War. Why were there significant fears about the impact of freed slaves in the North? Who had the most to win/lose?