Pros And Cons Of The American Civil War

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The American Civil War was the bloodiest war fought on American soil. The Civil War was fought over whether or not slavery should be legal and continue in the U.S. Before the war was fought many compromises were made to prevent the war. One was the Compromise of 1850. The Compromise of 1850 was the most efficient way to settle the conflict of the amount of slave states and abolitionist states in the senate after the Mexican American War. The abolitionist states outnumbered the slave states in the senate. The Compromise of 1850 was suggested and held off the civil war for 15 years.

Slavery first began in America when African slaves were brought to the U.S. American colony of Jamestown Virginia in 1619 to aid the production of crops such as
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gained lots of land and the slave states and the abolitionist states were trying to determine who should get which territory so that the power in the senate would not fall to one’s advantage. This is where the main source of the conflict was made because if there were more slave states in the senate many legislations would most likely get passed in their favor. And the abolitionists were afraid that slave freedoms would become a minority in Congress. But if there were more abolitionist states in the senate then many legislations would most likely get passed in their favor. The slave states believed the abolitionist states were trying to limit slavery in the U.S.. Most slave states were in the south because most economies in southern states depended on slaves. This was because most southerners were farmers of tobacco or cotton. If the power of the slave states was limited then the amount of slaves being brought to America by the slave trade would decrease. This would furthermore decrease the amount of money that the southerners gained each year. In 1849 California requested permission to enter the Union as a free state. This alone upset the southern colonies because if California was admitted as a free state then the southern states would be outnumbered in the senate so the southern Congressmen tried to block California’s admission. And with the national government in a gridlock Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky suggested a compromise in May of
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