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.
From 1840 to 1861 the Civil War was unavoidable and was fought due to many circumstances at the time. Two of the main circumstances that helped build up tension and eventually led up to the Civil War was a failure of leadership and extremism on both sides, known as the South and the North. In document 1, it says how it was the abolitionist fault for pushing these ideologies that slavery was wrong and that the abolitionist attempted to agitate and they did agitate the north to go against slavery. This document is an example of extremism because due to the abolitionist trying to abolish slavery and show that slavery was wrong it caused more conflict. Due to this conflict, there was more of a disconnect and that pushed the states apart which
A portion of the North agreed with the south in that it should be a problem that will stay and will be dealt with in the southern states. The 3/5 compromise and the War of 1812 were two major factors that Mason speaks on that directly affected northerners and lead to more push for anti-slavery movements. A quote here supports this, “As Madison won reelection in 1812 and the war dragged on, New England Federalists increasingly argued that were it not for the added power of slave representation, the Republicans would never have been able to enact commercial restrictions or initiate the war” (51). Though rebutted later in the book by a southerner, this was a fair point. With this added slave representation came much more power for the southern states.
Now, Americans need to look to the future where slavery does not exist, where black and whites are found equal, and where racist is not a factor. Slavery can not be seen as a good thing. Supporters of slavery had no right to deprive slaves of their freedom, and make them properties and assets. There may be times when the Africans were powerless to prevent justice, but there must never be a time when they fail to protest. Thanks to the Quakers and other Abolitionists, we are leaving peacefully without any war.
“The question of slavery was, for masters in the North, a commercial and manufacturing question; in the south, it is a question of life or death.” (Pg. 346). As Tocqueville describes, the South needed slavery, due to the amount of labor required to reap the sows of the
Missouri Compromise (1820) Introduction This paper will explain and analyze the Missouri Compromise (1820). As the U.S. added territories, the issue of slavery resulted in political tension between the north and south. The southerners believed that slaves were needed to continue farming in the new lands and they attempted to introduce slave states in the west. On the other hand, the northerners argued that it was appropriate to prohibit and prevent the slavery institution from spreading westward. The north and south representatives in the House were also divided about the issue of abolition but were interested in the Union.
Northern and Southern states developed different social and political beliefs which led into larger disagreements. Although many different factors contributed to the Civil War, the main causes were over issues such as humanitarian or ‘moral’ concerns towards slavery, conflicts between states versus federal rights and the election of 1860, making Abraham Lincoln as president and eventually causing Southern secession. The American Civil War began in 1861 and lasted 4 years, ending in 1865. It was one of the most deadly and bloodiest war since more than 600,000 died, but at the same time, it served to determine what kind of nation America would become. The Civil War started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to ban slavery in the territories that had not yet become states.
Westward expansion was thought to be good since it expanded the size of the United States and could improve the economy of the North and South; however, it resulted with tensions between the North and South due to self interests. Both sides wanted to have more states than the other. The North wanted to control the spread of slavery, but the South wanted to expand slavery. The arguments for new territories to bring success to their own sides soon lead to an actual war that was fought between the people of the United
Notably, economic causes were major predicaments during the American civil war. These were the grounds of the civil war that affected the two regions in many ways. Within time, economic variations developed vastly between the two parts of the two regions. The Southern states depended much on farming than in industrialization. After the invention of the Cotton Gin, there as a greater necessity for persons and property, thus this made cotton the chief year’s produce of the South.
During 19th century America, slavery was at its peak. Slavery was brought to the south to provide a source of labor that cut costs. Slavery was a system that made men into property with no rights. Even though slavery brought southern agriculture a sense of stability, slavery also brought many negative changes with it. As stated in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass, slavery could corrupt the best people, the best courts, and even the best christians.