How Did The Civil War Inevitable

analytical Essay
780 words
780 words

The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when Confederate troops fired upon Federal troops at Fort Sumpter. But did the war really start before then? There were some key events before April 12, 1861 that had made the Civil War inevitable, starting from the major differences in the North and South, westward expansion, the several compromises that never seemed to help both sides equally, and to the election of Abraham Lincoln. The Civil War would not have been inevitable without slavery and the differences between North and South societies. With the South’s economy depending on slave labor to farm cotton, they had no desire to end slavery, but to expand it. The North on the other hand had a booming economy, large cities, and immigrants from Europe had replaced slavery with labor in factories. Southerners believed that they could not keep up with the North’s economy without the driving force of slavery and refused to build cities. Some Northerners believed that slavery was unjust and also gave the South an unfair economic advantage. Both sides could not let the other gain more states for fear of a clear majority. When different territories such as Missouri requested admissions to become states, the big question of whether those states would become slave or free states was essential. At the time, the United States had twenty two states …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the civil war began on april 12, 1861 when confederate troops fired upon federal troops at fort sumpter. but did the war really start before then?
  • Argues that the civil war would not have been inevitable without slavery and the differences between north and south societies.
  • Explains that the missouri compromise was an effort by congress to defuse the sectional and political rivalries caused by those admissions.
  • Explains that the westward expansion opened up the sequence of events that were bound to unfold between the confederacy’s secession from the union.
  • Explains that the civil war started with the kansas-nebraska act, which led to bleeding kansas. the conflict between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers caused a period of violence.
  • Explains that the election of 1860 was the last straw for the south. republicans had no chance in the south so they chose abraham lincoln as their nominee for president.
  • Explains that the civil war was bound to happen since before the missouri compromise, but the issue of slavery had grown more since then. each compromise that congress proposed never seemed to satisfy both the north and south equally.

The act had allowed the people of Kansas and Nebraska to decide on the issue of slavery for themselves by popular sovereignty. The conflicts that arose between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers led to a period of violence known as Bleeding Kansas. Anti-slavery settlers had crossed Kansas’s boarders to vote against slavery and pro-slavery settlers known as boarder ruffians had protected those boarders by attacking any anti-slavery voter from passing. This was one of the first major and violent causes of the Civil

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