The Major Causes Of The American Civil War

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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. When Lincoln won election in 1860 as the first Republican president, as he promised to keep slavery out of territories, 7 slave states in the South seceded and formed a new nation since they feared Northerners becoming more powerful under Lincoln; instead, they chose Jefferson Davis as their own President. One of the major causes that led the Americans into the Civil War was caused by slavery. While both Northerners and Southerners believed they fought against despotism and persecution, Northerners focused on the oppression of slaves while Southerners defended their own right to self-government. I believe slavery was one of the
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