The Civil War: The Kansas-Nebraska Act Of 1854

332 Words2 Pages
Southerners in 1861 in South Carolina had seceded from the Union and did not want a Union Fort in the South. Fighting broke out when the Union soldiers refused to surrender Fort Sumter. Initially President Abraham Lincoln wanted to believe that the reason for war was that the North was fighting to save the Union and not to free slaves. Yes, the Civil War was initially about slavery. However, the President and the Confederates tried unsuccessfully to portray that slavery was not the main cause of conflict and that is wasn’t the primary cause of the Civil War.
Lincoln tried to convince himself that the South could keep slavery and that eventually slavery would just fade away. However, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 changed the Presidents outlook
Open Document