The institution of slavery was a major cause for the Civil War, since “free states” and Slave states” were vying for land and voting rights in Congress in the new territories in the west that were recently acquired by the United States. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was meant to evenly divided free states and slaves states in the hopes that either side would be satiated, and the two sides could reach a compromise on this issue. However, free states politicians, such as Senator Lincoln, defined the underlying basis of perpetual conflict in the speech “A House Divided”, which would set the tone for a larger military conflict between the North and the South. More so, Lincoln’s presidency shows a massive increase in presidential powers, which allowed Lincoln to unconstitutionally declare war against the Confederacy for seceding from the Union. In addition to this military power, Lincoln also suspended the writ of habeas corpus to deny a trial for soldiers and officers caught in the battles that ensued during the war.
For example, in the cartoon is state “no, he didn’t this fight, called “the battle of Black Jack, is consider by some historians the first battle of the civil war. This demonstrate that the decision of the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott case affected Kansas, which was becoming a tuning place of battles and fights between pro-slavery and anti-slavery people. In conclusion, Kansas, after the declaring the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional, became a place of tension and conflict between people from Kansas who were against of slavery, and people from others states that were in favor of slavery and wanted slavery in order to increase their wealth as it was demonstrated in the cartoon “Bleeding Kansas”. Finally, the Dred Scott Decision was of great importance to the United States because it let to the end of slavery in the United
It was the infringement on states’ rights and collapse of the two party system, that made the disagreements between the North and the South nearly impossible to solve and made the Civil war inevitable. When America was establishing itself into a country, slavery was a debated topic; even though the founding fathers wanted to abolish
As a matter of fact, the factors, such as, emergence of third parties, ideological polarization, large percentages of the population shifting its partisan loyalties and unusual stress on the nation’s socioeconomic system, which constitute a critical election (as theorized by Burnham) were present in the 1896 election. First, a third party, the Populists emerged, as both the Democrats and Republicans vowed to uphold industrial interests. Then, the issues of currency between the gold and silver standard polarized both the Republicans and Democrats in ideologies. Also, the Republicans garnered a new conservative coalition, as urban, blue-collar Northerners, along with voters from the industrial East and Midwest shifted partisan loyalty. Lastly, prior to the election, the nation was crippled with high unemployment, low profits and violent strikes from the Panic of 1893.
Therefore the Southern states should have been allowed to secede from the union as the government of the Union did not protect some of their given rights. First of all, the Southern states had the right to secede because the North had too much power over them. “In all the non-slave-holding States…the people have formed themselves into a great sectional party…based upon an unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States” (Document I). Based on this quote, the Northern states started to believe in the abolitionist movement too much; so much that they started to consider the slave states as their enemies. As shown in the quote “By consolidating their strength, they have placed the slave-holding states
The Civil War was caused by the north imposing unfair tariffs on the south, the constant argument over slavery and the slave trade, and states’ rights. “The South felt overcharged and cheated” (Document, essay). The south received mostly all manufactured goods straight from the north and Europe and since the south produces mostly cotton, they must acquire all manufactured goods from out of state. Congress passed the Tariff of 1828 and 1832 which made South Carolina and the south very mad. South Carolina and the south believed they were getting cheated, so South Carolina threatened to secede unless the tariff was lowered.
In Ken Burn’s documentary, “The Civil War Episode 1: The Cause 1861 Ken Burn’s Documentary” was based on what had caused the Civil War. The difference between the North and the South was what caused the Civil War. Ken Burn demonstrated the differences between them, by explaining the emotions of people from both the North and the South. The North and South were divided because of what they believed in. Their differences about many topics, is what resulted in the Civil War.
Journal Entry Two 1. While it clear that the debate of slavery was the major cause to the American Civil War, there are number of pressing secondary causes that helped to accelerate the process of division within the country. Primary to these secondary causes is the effect of territorial expansion and the tension it brought between the North and South. The vast economic differences between the North and South provided a perfect scenario for political and social conflict in the new territories. As the Western territory of the Americas continued to be explored, political debate was sparked over the spread of slavery into these newly created states.
The Era of Not So Good Feelings Many historians label the period after the War of 1812 as the “Era of Good Feelings” but it certainly did not seem that way towards many others. This so called “Era of Good Feelings” dealt with the extension of slavery and the differing views on that subject between the North and the South, the American System that helped the United States industrialize and expand but led the country from nationalism to new sectionalism views; thus causing tensions to rise. Slavery had been protracted since the 1600s and with the extension of slavery and many differing views from both the Northerners and Southerners, it became a huge issue. Northerners opposed the extension of slavery because of the 3/5 Compromise which provided unfair representation to slave states compared to the northern states. Even though it seemed that the Northerners opposed slavery, it wasn’t about the wickedness of it, it was mainly because of the unfair representation in the House of Representatives.
The cause of the Civil War was extremely complex and multifaceted, and it was foreshadowed at the beginning of the establishment of the Confederation. From 1793 to 1860, countless contradictions occurred between the North and South, Finally, under the backlog of contradictions, the civil war broke out. The conflict between North and South has been risen since 19th century. The Northern states want the state 's newly develop in the west to become an anti slavery states, but the South wants the western states or even the whole country to support slavery. In the year of 1860, the anti-slavery president Abraham Lincoln was elected, the Southern states starts to rebel, and then the Southern Confederate side split themselves from the Union, the
The Civil War occurred because the North and the South had opposing viewpoints over the topic of slavery, resulting in sectionalism and/or violence, as shown by the secession of the Southern states, consequences of the Kansas Nebraska Act, and the reactions after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed. Before the Civil War, the nation was divided between two powerful regions, the North and South. The North and the South disagreed about many issues involving state rights, tariffs, and most importantly, the issue of slavery, which was legal in the South, but not the North. As the United States gained new territory, huge debates erupted over whether or not slavery should be allowed in the area. Southerners feared that
The activities of slave bounty hunters in the north brought slavery in the books and papers of the northern population including the book Uncle Tom 's Cabin. However, slavery, generally, did not motivate the northern population to join the Army. The motivation to join the army for the most part was not slavery, but the actions of the south. But for the men in the south, slavery was the motivation to join the cause. Slavery did rouse men in the south to join the reason.
The decade of 1850 was a time of extreme crisis and controversy. The expansion of slavery into new territories became a major issue. Southerners fought to assert rights, while many northerners wished to prevent the expansion of slave labors into new states. This issue increasingly divided the north and south. There are many reasons why the 1850s was a time of despair.
The Mexican War introduced conflict between the two parties over the “would-be” outcome of the new territories (Schultz, 2009). The Compromise of 1850 attempted to settle differences between the two; however, the components angered both sides. Northern states were angered by the tough Fugitive Slave Act, and it initiated talks of secession in the southern states. The South was quickly becoming out populated by the North and they were desperate to keep the Senate balanced. Additionally, each side began taking drastic opposing measures against the other.