The South produced cotton, which remained its main cash crop and countless Southerners knew that hefty reliance on slave labor would damage the South ultimately, but their forewarnings were not regarded. The South was constructed on a totalitarian system. Constitutionally the North preferred a loose understanding of the United States Constitution, and they sought to grant the federal government amplified powers. The South desired to reserve all vague powers to the separate states themselves. The South trusted upon slave labor on behalf of their economic wellbeing, and the economy for the North was not
After we had fought the brutal, decimating Civil War, white supremacy in the caused our nation to take two steps further than we were even before the War. Obviously, hearing this, sounds like extreme conflict. Ironically enough though, this major step back in history was called, “The Compromise of 1877.” Unfortunately, this “compromise” did way more harm than good for African Americans. The Compromise of 1877 was a corrupt agreement between three powerful southern states and Rutherford B. Hayes that led to him being elected President and the stripping away from African American rights. After the Civil War, “Lives of black slaves had improved greatly and there was hope for emancipation of slaves in those states.
Johnson, being a Democrat, allied himself with the ex-Confederates because he shared the same beliefs as them regarding freed slaves. They believed that they should be forced to continue working on plantations, which is Johnson enacted the Black Codes, which were meant to force former slaves to work back on plantations. To make matters worse, Johnson was pardoning ex-Confederate leaders even though they had directly fought against the Union. This resulted in the republicans calling Johnson “a traitor to
The Confederate states also issued their own Constitution, which was basically based on the United States Constitution, except the Southern Constitution defended slavery. The election separated the nation in half and also urged 7 states including South Carolina seceded from United States. From then on, the pro-slavery and anti-slavery were officially against each other, which soon gave rise to the Civil War. In conclusion, the issue of slavery precipitated the Civil War. Uncle Tom’s Cabin gave a strong social effect on opposing slavery, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was the prelude of the Civil War, and the Election of 1860 splitted the nation into two sides, which directly led to the War.
Imagine a confederate flag as our country’s flag and slavery still being present in society. This could have been the result of a Southern victory in the Civil War. However, the North defeated the South and shaped today’s government. The North won the Civil War due to the advancements and production of weapons. The Civil War was fought between the Northern States, known as the Union Army, and the Southern States, known as the Confederate Army.
When the war first began it seemed as if the South had the advantage over the North. The South had interior lines to defensively behind, had well trained soldiers, and were fighting for their homeland. It was a little more difficult for the North as they had to invade the vast territory, conquer it, and then take it back to the union, to try to regain the south, and become one again. Confederate forces could still have won their independence not by winning the war, but by bringing it to a draw and to stand tall. The South also had a very large disadvantage population wise.
The cotton gin was a simple machine with the sole purpose of separating cotton fibres from it’s seeds, drastically lowering the production costs of cotton. Previously workers were required to separate cotton fibres from it's seeds by hand, a process that required multiple hours to produce a single pound of fibres. Using the cotton gin however slaves could produce more than 50 pounds of cotton, in a single day. The vastly expensive cotton prices decreased simultaneously, leading to a growth in popularity of cotton clothing. This lead to South American farmers devoting more time and land to cotton plantations.
This including the electing of Abraham Lincoln made the southern states feel like they were going to lose control of the political choices in the southern territories, which would have lead to them not having control over their area in general (American Civil War History). These events are all effects where the underlying problem was the conflict of slavery that was between the north and south states. Showing how much of a factor it was during the civil war era. Making it one of the largest causes of why the civil war broke
Politically speaking slavery had become a divisive topic among Northerners and Southerners. Both the North and South touted ideas of Nationalism and Democracy and both believed that they were honoring the idea of unification. However Southerners believed that supporting succession from the Union was the only way to “re-create a more perfect Union”(390) and that the republicans had caused disunity in the country by sabotaging the constitution’s guarantee of Liberty. They believed that the “enslavement of blacks guaranteed the freedom and equality of whites”(391) The North, now led by President Abraham Lincoln believed that the practice of slavery was not
On February 6, 1837, John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina senator, delivered a speech on the United States Senate floor stating slavery to be a positive good. Slavery was so interwoven in the life of Southerners; however, Northerns wanted to abolish it while Southerners wanted to preserve it. Calhoun argued that slavery was beneficial to slave moral grounds and that the federal government could not pass laws to limit or to abolish slavery due to the rights of states to to regulate themselves. Calhoun further argued that since the federal government was a created by the states, the states were the final arbiters of the federal laws. In contrast to Calhoun, Frederick Douglas, an arthur, orator, abolitionist and former slave, argues that slavery
In the South, people wanted to keep slavery because it was profitable to their economy and generated a 100% profit on all goods sold. In the North, blacks and whites were starting to work together. Blacks were still restricted and did not have the same rights as a white man but slavery was not accepted. Blacks could not go where ever they pleased, blacks could not apply for any job and blacks could not vote. The North began to build manufactures
There were disputes over territories. The main disagreement was over slavery. Slavery was legal in the south but had become banned by then states north of the Mason-Dixon line. The southerners feared that the slave ban would eventually lead to no slaveholding states, and which would give the control of the government to abolitionist. If this happened the institution of slavery would be outlawed completely.
The president encouraged congress to provide financial aid to any slave states willing to adopt plans of The Emancipation, and also funds to the people in the colonies of the African descent with their consent. The Emancipation Proclamation did not include the areas that had already been conquered by Union Armies. The North benefited from the Emancipation Proclamation in several ways. The slaves from the south fled to the north to become free but that put a hurting on the south economy. The proclamation also gave renewed purpose to Union Soldiers, who now saw their cause as abolition as well as the preservation of the union.
In 1787 the South made sure that a law was passed where no slave would automatically be set free in the circumstances of escaping to a free state (“history.com”). The Slave Acts didn’t stop there, for one was passed in 1793 and then another one in 1850, and these acts of inequity only caused America to delve into a greater tremble that would soon erupt into war (“history.com”). The Fugitive Slave Acts caused a riot among the Northern Abolitionists, because they were detested with the cruelty that those laws imprinted on the lives and hope of all black people. History.com says that “In 1851 a mob of antislavery activists rushed a Boston courthouse and forcibly liberated an escaped slave named Shadrach Minkins from federal custody” (“history.com”). This was not the last rescue either, for the abolitionists stopped at nothing to give slaves the freedom they deserved (“history.com”).