While the North supported policies that would promote domestic production over importation, the South however supported policies that would encourage trade of cotton with other countries and policies encouraging only domestic production would hinder this. Added to the struggle for power, the North and South disagreed on the controversial issue of slavery. The antebellum slavery period was characterized by the black freedmen in the North and slaves of the South working under harsh conditions for the few cotton farming elite. While the freedmen did indeed have their freedom, they were equally subject to racism from white people. Cotton production was booming in the south and... ... middle of paper ... ...ti-slavery propaganda to inspire and founded the American Anti-Slavery Society.
The South felt that the North was trying to destroy the southern way of life. The North on the other hand, had become more successful in industry and didn’t seem to understand the importance of slavery in the South. The South’s entire society and social structure was based on slavery and they were not willing to end the entire system. The South argued that slaves had their place at... ... middle of paper ... ...neration of politicians that were too dedicated to their own cause and system of beliefs. There were many reasons that the Civil War broke out.
This major controversy over the runaway slaves sparked the beginning of the Civil War. The northerners felt that slavery was an act that was in opposition to the United States Constitution. The Constitution states that all people were entitled to their basic rights, to which the suspected runaway slaves were being denied. It was known that some blacks in the North were free, yet they were still being accused of being a runaway during this time of chaos.
Southern Democrat, James Henry Hammond, believed that slavery was necessary for the economic growth of the nation and without it, the North would also perish. Furthermore, the Constitutional Convention of South Carolina agreed secession was unavoidable when Abraham Lincoln was appointed into office. Therefore, initiated the beginning of an inevitable confrontation between the North and the South. These two exceptionally strict and uncompromising ideologies regarding slavery led to one of the most controversial and bloody wars in American history.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was a catalyst for the Civil War due to its depiction of slavery as harsh and brutal. The main character, a slave named Uncle Tom, and one of the slave owners, Simon Legree were used to attack the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the institution of slavery that it protected. Throughout the novel, characters, scenes and plots were Stowe’s persuasions to the reader that slavery is evil, un-Christian, and should not be tolerated. She illustrates the fact that slavery and Christian values oppose each other and are not in any way compatible. Uncle Tom’s Cabin outraged the southerners and made the northerners more aware of the brutality of slavery.
The perspectives of the Union and the Confederacy always conflicted with one another due to the fact that slavery was an anomaly in the North and prominent in the South. The Northern perspective was that slavery was unnecessary and a threat to the American Dream. On the other hand, the Southern perspective was that slavery was an absolute necessity that would strengthen the American economy. These perspectives were influenced by the values of the North and the South. The Northerners valued a unified, slave-free America based on a free-soil, industrial economy, whereas the Southerners valued the preservation of the antebellum period through secession.
Yes, slavery was the cause of the Civil War, half of the country thought it was wrong, and the other half just could not let it go or continue. The war was fought overall in different places, and the monetary and property loss cannot be calculated. Arguments about the causes and consequences of the Civil War, as well as the reasons for Northern victory, will continue as long as there are historians to wield the pen ? which is, perhaps even for this bloody conflict, mightier than the sword (Oates 388). The Civil War was a great waste in terms of human life and possible accomplishment and should be considered shameful.
Since American’s founding the issue of slavery surfaced many times, resulting in compromises attempting to please both sides. The North believed that slavery was morally corrupt, while those in the South believed that it essential for their livelihood. This dispute was fueled with the nation’s thirst for expansion of new territory as well. As new territory was conquered the question arose whether the new state would be a slave state ... ... middle of paper ... ...and final major issue that resulted in the Civil War being fought was the election of Republican President Lincoln in 1860, which added to the fiery debate and led ultimately to secession among the states. Abraham Lincoln believed and made known that he thought that “slavery was an evil… that [every man] had the right to freedom and fruits of their labor” (PowerPoint).
History tells us that the Northern states won the Civil War that challenged a new young nation. A nation that was divided on the moral issue of slavery, where slave owner viewed slaves as nothing more than just “property”. It was this issue that the abolitionists from the North were trying to fight against. Abolitionist believed that no human being could “own” another without having any repercussion on the matter. The election of Abraham Lincoln only made matters worse for the southern states, as these were aware that republican candidates favored abolitionists and some encouraged their ideas to make slavery illegitimate.
The forefathers of our country had many ideals on the inherent inalienable rights of man, although this did not hold true for all peoples. Our country practiced slavery of the African. The agricultural economy of the south required the labor of slaves to complete their work. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 outlawed slavery of the current territory of the United States, but after the purchase of the Louisiana Territory and the settlement to come, the question of slavery was once again forced into the political arena of our country.1 The Missouri Compromise would be an effort to once again silence this issue. The articulate speeches of the 16th congress both north and south showed the strong positions held by each side.