Essay: Slave to citizen
The image of America was greatly affected by the civil war. The civil war affected America more that the Americans and the world perceived its impact. America became a morally sober state. .according to James Robertson in his book American Myth, American Reality, he notes, “Out of the memories and explanations of the Civil War, war became, in the imagery and metaphors of American myth, the ultimate defense of the nation and the ultimate expression of nationalism. In Lincoln the emancipator, war leader, frontier hero, and spokesman of charity, freedom and democracy, is the image of the great and good uses to which American war is put.” The civil war brought about the American democracy. Further, it was in reference to the civil war that led to World War I and II. The failure to meet this image led to condemnation of the Vietnam War.