What was the one most important event in shaping US history Other then constitution or declaration of Independence?
Excluding the Declaration of Independence and the creation of
the US Constitution, one historical event stands alone as the one
fitting the question. The US Civil War stands alone as America's
greatest failure. That it came about because of slavery, and that
over 620,000 people (mostly soldiers ) were killed in the 4 years
of this war is almost impossible to describe regarding its impact.
In fact, that a nation could get through such a war and still move
ahead towards becoming a powerful nation before the end of the 19th
century is also beyond belief. If, a nation in Europe, during 1861
to 1865, lost over a 1/2 million soldiers, then because of its
boundaries, it would have never been allowed by its neighbors to
continue on as it once was.The US survived largely due to its
In a sense, the War was the final stage of the Revolutionary
War. Slavery was ended, and despite the racism on both sides of the
conflict, the US emerged as a viable nation.