Dred Scott Case Analysis

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Though, slavery proved to be one of many problems that caused the outbreak of the Civil War; it was the Dred Scott case that the politics and issues of States’ Rights began to change in the United States. While, the Northern States had put an end to slavery within their boundaries in the early 1800s, this raised a new question that influenced the politics of the nation. With the court’s decision in Dred Scott did the Federal Supreme Court have the power to decide a state’s position on slavery instead of having any say so from the local state governments? To understand the argument between the states on whether the nation should govern a strong central government or some small state governments and how it affected the nation, one must look at…show more content…
The South’s successes during the Civil War are seen through the military experience that was held by the leaders and generals of their nation. Figures such as Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jackson, and Jefferson Davis who had all obtained a military education or experience in combat during the Mexican War helped to give the Confederacy the upper hand when it came to managing a government during a war or combat strategy while on the field of battle. Another advantage that aided the Confederate cause is the society in the South. The Southern population was heavily armed, had such skills as marksmanship, and well trained men to ride horses which allowed the Confederate government to produce an army quickly to combat its Northern rivals. However, the failure of the South would ultimately be its idea that they could rely on foreign aid from Britain and France to break the Union naval blockade because of their inability to have cotton imported to their country. With other foreign nations’ ability to obtain cotton from countries and even save some of the supply that had been provided by the South in the years before the war led Britain and France to become less reliant on the Confederacy’s exports, which resulted in the South not receiving weapons and military supplies that they desperately needed. In the end, though militarily the Confederacy…show more content…
As a society, the North posed a large population, which only grew as the Civil War continued through immigration. This success also was show their military might as well regarding their superior navy, which they used to blockade the Southern seaports. With the large population in the North, the Federal Government was able to concentrate a larger labor force in gathering and producing resources for the war effort like the United States had never seen before. With the large population, the Union also had the ability to assume and outfit a large standing army for long periods of fighting. Politically the Union was able to transform the nation using it to their advantage. Such is the case as when Lincoln moved from the founding fathers’ plans for the nation by suspending Habeas Corpus in 1863, which allowed the government to imprison people without a fair trial. Though it was unconstitutional, he used it to his advantage by stating that it must be done to subdue the rebellion in the South. However, with all of the Union’s successes one of their biggest failures was that their military had never seen any action and was not disciplined in battle formations or tactics. Another failure that the North
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