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To What Extent Was The American Civil War Over The Issue Of Slavery

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After reading chapters 13 and 14, I do not believe that the American Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery. Slavery was the central point of the conflict, but the main contention was brought about by states rights. The war was fought over the limits of the federal power and states sovereignty over their land. The issue was not slavery, but who decided weather it was legal, were these local government in charge or some distant central power? Southern states decided to succeed because they wanted their own laws and they wanted to own slaves; they felt that the federal government had failed them by not upholding several acts. While Abraham Lincoln was opposed to slavery, he embarked on a civil war to preserve the country. The

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