The Major Causes Of The American Civil War

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The American Civil War was a period of internal conflict in the United States that took place from April 12, 1861 to May 13, 1865. The war divided the 34 states into two separate entities: the Union and The Confederacy. The Union was composed of the states that remained loyal to the U.S. Constitution and federal government, while the Confederate States of America seceded. Following Lincoln’s inaugural address in 1861, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union, quickly followed by the other states that would make up the Confederacy. The build up to the war, however, began long before. The first signs of conflict can be traced back to the writing of the three-fifths clause of the Constitution. Even today, nearly 150 years after the conflict, the cause of the bloodiest war in American history that claimed more American lives than all wars combined is still debated by historians. This debate usually focuses on three issues including sectionalism, states’ rights, and slavery. Although sectionalism and states’ rights were very prominent issues that can be linked to the outbreak of the War, slavery was the root cause of the conflict from which the matters of sectionalism and states’ rights stemmed. Slavery had been a central issue in the United States since the founding of the country when the Founding Fathers As the U.S. moved closer to war, it became more divided by its attitudes, interests, and general lifestyles. Although sectionalism, the loyalty to
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