Abstract Slavery provided America with a wide range of labor, and fortune. Ideals from Christianity, and Revolution forced many to grapple with the idea of ending it. Throughout the antebellum era politicians debated the merits allowing the people of territories themselves to decide whether slavery would be prohibited or permitted. This solution created a host of problems. From the establishment of the Northwest and Southwest territories, to the Louisiana Purchase, the annexation of Texas, the acquisition of the Mexican Cession, and finally the debate over Kansas and Nebraska, the extension of slavery confounded politicians.
The divided opinion amongst the Justices illustrated the divided nation (Scott v. Sandford 1875). When the Dred Scott case came to the Supreme Court, the nation was in a time of great divide, with pro and antislavery groups arguing about whether new states should enter the nation as "slave" states, where slavery was legal, or "free" states, where slavery was illegal. The nation was on the verge of violent conflict over the issue and Congress was too divided to do anything (Pearson Education Inc. 2005). This argument was heightened by the establishment of the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which had some territories enter the nation as slave states and others as free states (Independence Hall Association 2013).
Did you know that more men died the Civil War than any other American conflict, and one third of the dead perished from disease? The American Civil War was the war fought between the Union and Confederacy from 1861 to 1865 over the issue of slavery and state’s rights. The main issues leading up to the Civil War were Missouri’s statehood, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Election of 1860. One of the main causes of the Civil War was the issue of Missouri becoming a state.
Morality dominated theses debates over slavery during the period but both arguments were expressed and contested while Abraham Lincoln sparked the secession of the Deep South. The North had
The differences of the beliefs and ideals, of northern and southern government officials, led to the need for compromises, if anything were to be done at all, which eventually resulted in The Kansas-Nebraska Act, of 1854. The compromises beforehand kept the balance of free-states and slave states, but this act allowed popular sovereignty, which made both sides uneasy. Popular sovereignty would allow new states to chose if they would become a free state or a slave state, which would most likely result in the balance being lost. In earlier drafts, Nebraska was supposed to be a free state, and Kansas was supposed to be a slave state. The new compromise was supported by the people of Kansas, because most wanted Kansas to become a free state, and very few people in Kansas owned slaves.
The civil war was an inevitable result due to tensions and events that had taken place within the union during the past few years before the beginning of the war. Events such as the Missouri Compromise, Kansas-Nebraska act which repealed the Missouri Compromise, and finally the assault of Fort Sumter. The southern states began to assume that their states rights’ were being violated, the north was attempting to gain control of the union in order to abolish slavery and thus the south began succession from the union. The southerners’ efforts and its expansion proslavery mobs became hostile and violent toward Northerners prior to the war, although southerners were resulting in violence and intimidation to prevent others from speaking out against
If there was no split, the Civil War could have been prevented. This was called the sectional crisis between the North and the South. The North believed that slavery was immoral and wrong whereas the South depended on their slaves. The Mexican-American War was the start of the Civil War.
Perhaps one of the greatest elections in American history was the election of 1860. It was a unique election, because it sets the stage for the American Civil War. Throughout the 1850s, the United States was divided around the issues of states’ rights and slavery in the country’s territories (The Presidential Election of 1860, 2010). The Republicans opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the 1820 Missouri Compromise of prohibiting slavery north of the latitude thirty-six degrees and thirty. Many saw this as a pro-slavery expansionist movement.
Many believe it was a fight for the rights and freedom of slaves, so what was the main cause of the Civil War was the issue of states rights and the preservation of the Union than rather than the issue of slavery. The primary cause of the Civil War was the issue of slavery. “Slavery played an important role in changing the United States slaves didn 't had any right. ”(Overview of Slavery).
Reasons for War There were many things that lead up to the civil war. One of those things was when the Mexican-American war ended, America got lots of territories. This posed a problem because America didn’t know whether to admit them as free or slave states. The anti-slavery movement wanted the land acquired from the war to not allow slavery, while others wanted slavery or for the territories to decide for themselves, otherwise known as popular sovereignty. Many junior officers in the war would go on to play big parts in the Civil War.
With no final agreement, the country had no other choice but to go to war with itself. The slow decline of the, once powerful, Southern economy and the major issue of the abolishment of slaves are what led to the cause of the American Civil War. While economics and political structure played an important role in the cause of the Civil War, slavery was the main reason why altercations arose. Many historians and teachers try to hide the fact that slavery was such a huge factor in the cause of the Civil War because they looked at slavery as the “norm”. To them, the differences between the Republicans and Democratic formed great disagreement.
Civil war was one of the bloodiest and destructive wars in American history. It was defined as the war between the states. This war brought many positive and negative changes to America which resulted in many consequences. When Abraham Lincoln became the first republican president who was against the concept of slavery, many southern states separated and formed a new nation. Abraham’s promise was that he would not allow the United States to be broken down to small, squabbling countries.
I believe there were some similarities in the Civil War between The North and The South, but there were also a lot of differences with technology, and The North had the advantage. In the Spring of 1861, decades of simmering tensions between the northern and southern united states over issues including states rights versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War(1861-1865). The election of the anti-slavery Republican Abraham Lincoln as president in 1860 caused seven states to secede. (Causes)
Slavery had been a growing issue within the colonies. Some had tried to bring more awareness to the issues but were quickly shut down. It became a taboo subject and many tried to ignore its existence. But in 1860, that all changed. The United State was split in half.