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Aftermath of the Civil War



Aftermath of the Civil War
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.32

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     challenging words:    atlanta, charleston, confederate, readmit, reconstruction, worthless, wounded, blockade, affected, suffer, general, slave, jobs, suffering, vacant, order
     content words:    Civil War, General Sherman, South Carolina, African Americans, Abraham Lincoln, In April, John Wilkes Booth


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Aftermath of the Civil War
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     The North and South fared differently after the Civil War. Most of the war had been fought in the South. This area of the country was damaged a lot more than the North. It would struggle in the coming years to rebuild just some of what it had before the war.
 
2     Families also suffered because of the war. Two hundred sixty thousand soldiers had been killed. One out of every three men in the South had been killed or wounded. These men were husbands, brothers, and sons. They were also farm owners.
 
3     Those that had survived weren't always well. Some had survived the amputation of an arm or a leg. They could no longer work on farms as they had before. Others had mental issues. War affected men in different ways. Some men would suffer nightmares or flashbacks to that terrible time. Many would struggle with these issues for the rest of their lives.
 
4     The land and buildings in the South had also been badly damaged. Nine thousand miles of railroad had been destroyed. General Sherman had damaged much of it on his march to the sea. Much of the shipping in the South had also been ruined.
 
5     Cotton had been shipped all over the world before the war started. During the war, the North had blockaded the South. The South had not been able to get much cotton out past the blockade. Countries that had bought cotton from the South were now buying it from other countries.

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