Did Slavery Really Cause Civil War?

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Slavery and Civil War In a recent poll conducted by the McClatchy DC it was interesting to note that 54% of the Americans think that slavery was the main cause for the Civil War that ended more than 150 years ago (Ehlinger, Did slavery cause Civil War? Many Americans don’t think so). This split is making many of the Americans to question as to what needs to be taught to the next generation in the schools regarding the cause of the Civil War. In a document that was developed and published by the National Park Service, we see it mentioned that many issues were responsible for igniting the fire that started the Civil War. The issues being, dispute regarding rights of states, the role the Federal Government would play, the need to preserve the Union and the economy were a few of the issues at hand. But interestingly it was felt that all these issues, related to the state and the federal government, were strongly linked to Slavery. This conclusion was reached after looking at the words of the political and social contemporaries of that period. Most historians would also agree that the nation was pushed into Civil War from 1861 to 1865 chiefly due to the plight of the African American slaves. The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and…show more content…
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