The Civil War was a unique and significant event in American history. According to many historians, the war was ultimately the final resolution of contradictions in the vision of America when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. It stated that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights”. The war’s origins lay in slavery, which began in North America in the early 1600s and grew rapidly in the South, which caused the southern economy as a whole depended on heavily on slave labor leading up to the Civil War. Slavery, the splitting of which state would be slave or free, and Abraham Lincoln played a major role that was responsible for the nature of the war than any other individual.
Before the Civil War, slavery was a very popular practice in the southern United States. Though not many people actually had slaves, most southerners defended it because one day owning a slave was the “American Dream.” In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses satire to reveal the greed, religious hypocrisy, and gullibility among the pre-Civil War south. Twain uses satire to demonstrate how greed can leave a person with less than what they began with. In the novel, this is shown through the King and Duke’s actions. After stealing the six thousand dollars from the family of Peter Wilks, the Duke suggest, “That we glide out of this before three in the morning, and clip it down the river with what we got” (Twain 179), to which the King replies, “What!
The South wanted to keep slaves while the North wanted to abolish them. In conclusion, the primary cause of the civil war was not slavery instead was the issue of states rights. The Northern armies won the Civil War and the the South returned to the Union. “The Civil War started because of differences between free slaves states and the power of the government that said if slavery was correct or incorrect.”(The Civil War in America Prologue). Slavery was right at that time but now it is wrong.
Determinations and preservation of the slaves across the country struck fear in the eyes of the Confederacy (Carnahan, 2007). Sometimes the government put its citizens in situations that are not always good. Some masters bought slaves not because they were willing but because it was a rule in the plantation sector since some treat them with more dignity than other owners. The Emancipation Proclamation added force to the union as it strengthens it both politically and militarily. The Proclamation has assumed a place among the famous documents of freedom as a milestone along the final abolishment of their liberty in the United States (Guelzo,
The result was the issuing of the “Emancipation Proclamation.” Despite the fact that it merely freed the slaves in the states of the Confederacy where the Union had no power, leaving the institution of slavery untouched in the border states still loyal to the Union, satisfied the demands of blacks and abolitionists at least for the moment. The great value of the Proclamation, besides building support among blacks and abolitionists, was that it brought fear, chaotic despair and deprived the Confederacy of much of its valuable black laboring force. Another aspect of the Emancipation Proclamation was its effect in helping to promote the Draft Riots, which occurred throughout the North in 1863. In July of 1863 produced a violent four-day uprising in New York City in which as many as 100 people died.  White workers, who in the first place were fearful of the competition of blacks for almost non-existent jobs, were not increasingly angry at being drafted to fight a war (especially when the rich could buy their way out of having to serve) which would free more blacks to come north to compete for
Christopher Olsen and John Majewski contend that the Southern economy was largely centred on slave labour whereas the North was strongly aligned to the principles of a competitive labour market. According to Ronald Seavoy, this effect was reinforced as the South maintained its highly agrarian based economy. Joshua Leavitt wrote prolifically during the 19th century about the economic ills of slavery, which has been referenced by some contemporary scholars as evidence that economics was a significant ‘wedge issue’ between the North and South. Finally, James McPherson suggests that one of the reasons why pro-slavery ideology was popular amongst Southerners is because it was common for lower class white individuals to have aspirations of becoming wealthy through owning
Buying this large territory expanded the U.S ' territory greatly, which brought great difficulty to regulate. Those who moved into Louisiana brought their beliefs and values. Many of them were from Southern states, which means that they believed in slavery. Bringing slavery into this new state, caused great problems. The settler 's wanted the
Through the institution of African slavery alone, blacks played key roles in helping to boost the early American economy particularly throughout the Southern states where crops such as cotton were capital. What is truly unfortunate is the fact that much like the Native Americans, blacks served honorably alongside British troops in countless battles which helped to establish the United States. This is perhaps the most notable throughout the American Revolution where in some areas many free blacks were said to have voluntarily joined Patriot armies at higher rates than whites.4 Unfortunately, what would result for those helping to pave the way for an American victory would be additional generations of injustice and slavery for them and their descendants based upon the color of their skin
[But] of the American Civil War it may be safely asserted that there was a single cause, slavery,” is most accurate. Confederate states’ secession led up to the declaration of the Civil War. Slavery in many ways caused the the Southern states to secede. The pro-slavery states’ profits were earned with the labor of slaves. The North invented the cotton gin which allowed them to prepare cotton much quicker and efficiently.
American slaves were treated horribly. It was called the “Peculiar Institution” because it was a strange system. After a while, the South started to rely on slavery since it was agricultural. The North relied on the cotton from the South to ship to other countries. Once the cotton gin came to the South, they needed more slaves because they were producing more cotton.