Greed In The Civil War Essay

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Personally, I believe the Civil War was fought due to land lust and greed and the differing ideology the Northern and Southern states had in regards to this. Additionally, each time we acquired new land mass throughout early American history violence ensued at the cost of some entity (Schultz, 2009). Consider the Indians, England, and Mexico as recipients of hostile land acquisition; consequently, during the Civil War area, America was fighting itself over land due to man’s greed. The Civil War was caused by political differences, social differences, and economic differences between Northern and Southern states. Additionally, these dividing issues were not entirely new notions just prior to the war, but rather issues that were generally ignored …show more content…

Furthermore, the push for western territories federally brought the fear that the South’s precarious political ideology could be forever lost with the introduction of new states into the union. However, the majority of the Northern states believed that the Southern interest politically was controlled by a minority of rich planters whose interest were for themselves and not what was best for the South (Schultz, 2009). Also, the supreme court ruling on the Dred Scott case led the North to believe that the South wielded an alarming amount of power in the political realm. Accordingly, the election of Abraham Lincoln as President in 1860 without winning a Southern state was the turning point politically towards civil war. The social differences between the North and the South were extreme; the North was highly populated, industrial and far more forward thinking (Schultz, 2009). The South, however, remained sparsely populated, agricultural, and desired little, if any, change. The South’s lack of desire for change led the North to believe they were regressive and wanted to halt the progress of the nation. However, the South perceived the North as arrogant, pretentious and wanting to end the Southern way of life. Socially, the North was progressive and industrial, while the South was traditional and

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