It might seem like our societies are currently dealing with one disaster after the next. It’s can get overwhelming. But if it’s any consolation at all, that’s nothing new! We’re here to put things into perspective today with some of the darkest times in human history. Have we forgotten these things happened? Probably. But that’s about to change, as we review natural and man-made mayhem that made the record books. The question is, will the world ever learn its lesson? Read on to know more about these fascinating, terrible events.
The American Civil War Actually Killed 750,000 Men
Sure, America seems divided these days. But once upon a time, disagreement got much more violent. You’ve probably heard of the civil war, but how many people actually fought and died to free the slaves and keep the union together? As it turns out, a lot. The South declared itself to be a whole new country called the Confederacy. President Lincoln demanded they come back. The fighting that ensued took the lives of around 750,000 men. And then, there were the 60,000 amputees, like the man pictured here.
Honest Abe famously declared: “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free…It will become all one thing or all the other.” After a lot of blood, the slaves were freed, and the United States of America stayed united.