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Civil War, Civil Rights, and Vatican II
The Driving Question: "What are the connections between the issues surrounding the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement and Church Reform (especailly as seen through the lens of our Catholic Faith)?"
What is my answer to the driving question?
Here is some interesting info. on the Civil War.
#2 At the beginning of the war the Northern states had a combined population of 22 million people. The Southern states had a combined population of about 9 million. This disparity was reflected in the size of the armies in the field. The Union forces outnumbered the Confederates roughly two to one.
#3 Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. This number comes from an 1889 study of the war performed by William F. Fox and Thomas Leonard Livermore. Both men fought for the Union. Their estimate is derived from an exhaustive study of the combat and casualty records generated by the armies over five years of fighting.
Here is some interesting info. on the Civil Rights movement.
Here is some interesting info. on Vatican II
Vatican II (1962-1965) had more than 2600 bishops. 2908 eligible to attend including theologians and others the total neared 3000. Vatican II was the first Ecumenical Council to have electric lights, telephones, typewriters, and other modern means of communication & transportation. It was the first to be covered by newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV.