Hundreds of Thousands of Lives Lost for Freedom...

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April 12, 1861, both the North and South opened fire at each other, instigating what would become the bloodiest war in American history. By then, it was far too late for compromises to mend the tensions between the two opposing sides. From the start of the nation, geography separated the citizens of America, preventing them from having similar lifestyles. This later caused both sides to have differing views, which later erupted into outrage and violence from both sides. In an attempt to solve the issue of slavery, both the Fugitive Slave Act and the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed. However, both acts failed in that it only triggered negative social responses from both sides. Political events, such as the Dred Scott case and the Election of 1860 caused further disputes through public disagreements, adding tensions between the two sides and strengthening sectionalism more than ever. Ultimately, a split nation and another war were caused by a series of differing social and political views, regarding opposing lifestyles and views on slavery. Numerous social issues befell, developing controversy which would later lead to the Civil War. An event that caused great strife was the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which allowed popular sovereignty to decide the legality of slavery in those areas. This act was devised so that it would reduce tensions and perhaps solve the issue of slavery. Yet, it had the complete opposite effect, as it led to increased tensions and violence. Since it eliminated the restriction on slavery north of the 36° 30’ line, antislavery Northerners were outraged, believing that the whole implication was a plot to “turn free territory into a ‘dreary region… inhabited by masters and slaves.’” (Deverell and White 447) Pro-slaver... ... middle of paper ... ...ews of social and political issues, thus causing the most brutal war America has ever encountered. The Missouri Compromise first introduced the growing problem of slavery, which increased rapidly as time moved on. The new Fugitive Slave Law that was set forth and abolitionists led to even more controversy than was already there. By then, both sides were already immeasurably furious at each other. However, when Lincoln was elected president, the South’s anger was so profound, it was enough for them to secede and start the Civil War. If such issues had not arisen, there would not have been any arguments, nor a war in which millions of acres of property are destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people are killed. Nevertheless, the outcome of the “War Between the States” helped define freedom and what the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness truly are.

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