Why is the civil war called that when it wasn't a civil war?
A civil war is a war in which two sides fight for control of the same government. The "civil war" war was not a civil war because the south was not trying to take control of the US government. They were fighting for independence.
- robert xLv 72 months ago
if it wasnt a civil war then what was it?
- All hatLv 72 months ago
Brian said it - a civil war means between factions in the same nation, as opposed to a war with another country.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Which civil war?
Seriously which "the" civil war are you asking about, there have been hundreds of civil wars?
- martinLv 72 months ago
It was a most horrible war. But slavery was a most horrible waste of mankind. It is "civil" because it pitted cousin against cousin, American against America, and many people had second thoughts about the war; even generations later they still do.
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- BrianLv 62 months ago
The word "civil" refers to an older meaning "of or relating to citizens," and thus civil war is between citizens of the same country.
- Aster RhoidsLv 62 months ago
Why is the world war called that when it wasn't a world war?