Former Confederate leaders like Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens claimed that the Civil War was fought because of state’s rights and how they wanted to fight back against federal tyranny. After reading the Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War, I agree that the war was fought because of state’s rights. The people in the South wanted to keep slavery and were going to do anything they could to keep slavery. They believe that the government was trying to oppress the South by making them get rid of their slaves. The South was afraid that if Abraham Lincoln was elected president that he would abolish slavery.
Although this only freed slaves in the rebellious area, it demonstrated the moral side of the war. In Lincoln's letter written in 1863, he stated “Why should they do anything for us, if we will do nothing for them?” (Doc 3). He is referring to the African Americans which shows that Lincoln’s policies and goals in the Civil War driven by the desire to enlist African Americans in fighting to preserve the Union. Consequently, the freed slaves were encouraged to enlist and take part of the Union side and army. Their addition into the fight against the confederacy was a great benefit for the Union.
Interest in Central America and Cuba, 1849–1861", n.d.). The Southern States also wished to expand their territory to the West and popularize slavery which was not in line with the North’s vision of a slavery-free America. The differences led to the civil war, especially when the Republican Party actively opposed the westward expansion of slavery. The United States public wanted more territorial expansion after the successes in territorial acquisitions in 1940s because they wanted a bigger republican government. The expansionist movement of the pro-slavery South sought to spread more to the south and some believed they would spread as far as the Caribbean and Brazil.
The Confederate states felt the federal government was too controlling and that the state should be able to act more independently (like legalizing slavery when the federal government out-lawed it). This is why they declared that they were ceceding from the union. This caused the federal government to reject their claim of independence and supress it with force. Slavery WAS an issue, but it was more about free states vs. slave states. Lincoln was firmly opposed to slavery in new states.
The Union now outnumbered the Confederacy so they had a better chance of winning (Document B.) THe loses of the Confederates help explain why Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War. The 2nd reason Gettysburg was a turning point was because of the geography or location of the war. Robert E. lee took the battle to the North . (Document A) Lee did this to surprise the North because most of the war was fought in the South.
The Southern and Northern states differentiate on many issues, which ultimately led them towards a Civil War. There stood deep social, economic, and political disparities between the North and the South. These modifications stemmed from the understanding of the United States Constitution on both sides. In the end, most of these disputes about the rights of states directed to the Civil War. There existed reasons other than slavery on behalf of the South 's breakaway.
Ulysses S Grant and Abraham Lincoln could sit next to each other because they both believed in the justice to protect the order of the Union. Lincoln liked Grant for his success in battles which his other generals could not accomplish. Abraham Lincoln would be able to sit next to Harriet Tubman because she was an abolitionist activist who fought for the rights for African Americans and Lincoln wanted them to be free. Harriet Tubman and Fredrick Douglas because they both wanted slavery to abolished and were slave back then. Fredrick Douglas and John Brown could sit next to each other because they both wanted to abolish slavery and they ended up using different methods, but they wanted slaves to be free in the south.
The Fugitive Slave act of 1850 forced Northerners to support the institution through returning runaway slaves, creating anger and resistance in the North and additional tension. In response, Southerners threatened to succeed from the union due to their view that this infringed on their individual rights and damaged the backbone of their livelihood. Additionally, the regional economies impacted views on westward expansion and whether new territories or states should permit the institution, such as California This resulted in a major increase in the stress between the regions due to each region wanting equal representation. Although members of the government attempted to compromise to even out the number of slave and non slave states, such as the Compromise of 1850, there were countless times that the two regions struggled over the laws of slavery and the territories that it should be permitted, further increasing the ideological and political divide and leading to the secession of the Southern states.
As the Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery along the way more soldiers were added to the President’s army which he was the commander in chief of which would lead to victory. In the beginning of the Civil War the president viewed it as a way to make the Union a constant and it was not for freeing the slaves even though he clearly did not like the thought of slavery or better yet slavery itself but he was a noble man who wanted to abide by the rules of the Constitution. He also had his reasons for not doing anything sooner which was that he did not want the state's that were pro slavery to back out from supporting the Union. Overall the Emancipation had a huge significance towards the Civil
Try as one may, it is hard to convince blacks that the national anthem was written with them in mind. Francis Scott Key’s nearness to slavery, and his limited view of freedom and equality, makes it impossible to separate him from his own distasteful words. While the national anthem celebrates the victory of America over the British and is patriotic in that sense, the 3rd stanza serves as a reminder of the ugly legacy of black slavery. It forces blacks to raise the age old question: Am I truly free? Is America the land of the free?
This legislation was pointed toward the Confederacy since they believed it was their right to keep slaves. Enacting the Emancipation Proclamation would give the Union a major advantage economically, politically and in the military. Lincoln knew enacting the Emancipation Proclamation would lead to a Union victory however, Lincoln did not prepare for the integration of the South into the Union. Lincoln did not anticipate the social uprising that would later come in the South through the form of the Klu Klux Klan. These vigilante
For the sake of the country and its union, Americans needed to pick a side. The division put the foundation of the country in question. For Lincoln, this was an absolutely abhorrent idea. He believed that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence should be held to the highest of standards yet, some individuals were undermining its true message when they argued for the expansion of slavery. Regardless of whose side the country decided to officially take, to Lincoln,
This election ultimately led to the secession of the southern states because of state versus federal rights. The South did not want to remain in a Union in which they had no control. They feared that Abraham Lincoln, a anti-slavery advocate, would order all states Free. All of the aforementioned reasoning reiterated the differences between the two parties. Money and power ultimately drove Americans to war because each felt their way of life and survival was “the way.” The North relied upon industrial growth and believed in free labor for the expansion in the West.
Abraham Lincoln represented the North and Hannibal Hamlin represented the South. “Free Speech/Free Territories/Protect American Industry” (Doc 4). The North wanted free territories to not have slavery and didn’t believe in States’ Rights and cared more about their factories. The South wanted free territories to become slave states and believed in States’ Rights. One of the many rationales for the South leaving is because of their discrepancies in politics.