Armed Conflict

When Americans face freedom using armed conflict, they often use it as a last resort. Sometimes public protests and fighting for workers rights can even lead to armed conflict. In these struggles, people often willingly fight for their freedom and sometimes die for it.

The United States originated from an armed conflict. The country’s founders fought the Revolutionary War against Great Britain in a long bloody struggle. In part, they fought for the right to “bear arms” that was later guaranteed by
the second amendment to the Constitution.

Armed conflicts in United States history have brought about a great loss of life. Some struggles end with clear conclusions, like the Civil War reuniting the country. Other fights do not, leaving many Americans to wonder why people had to die.

When do you have to fight to be free?

Examine two stories of armed conflict in American History

Civil War

Civil War
Just one day of the Civil War, the battle in 1863 at Railroad Redoubt, left 500 soldiers dead and more than 3,000 wounded.

Read the Civil War story

American Indian Rights

American Indian Rights
Years of broken treaties, racism, and repression led to a complex standoff between the United States government and American Indian activists in South Dakota in 1973.

Read the American Indian
Rights story