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Chapter 15 offers an overview to the Civil War. Special emphasis is given to the relative advantages and disadvantages of each side on the eve of war, military strategies, changing feelings and attitudes about the length and nature of the war, and the major campaigns and battles. This chapter also addresses the impact of the war on Northern and Southern economic, political, and social life; the effect of the war on slavery, including the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution; and concludes with an assessment of the overall impact of the war on the United States.

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