Political and social causes launched the Civil War as the most significant causes of the war. Representing the conflicting opinions of the people, government decisions and social movements/ideas clashed. Problem after problem accumulated until violence ruptured. With no other option to resolve the conflicts, for America, the Civil War was inescapable.
In short, the Election of 1860 triggered the secession of the south which started a whole new series of conflicts. The election was truly the tipping point which started the American Civil War. To emphasize, without the results of the election as they were, this nation may have never experienced the bloody inner conflict of the Civil War. Also, the election and secession spurred extreme hostility in a majority of Americans, and heightened the instability of the country. Not only was it instable geographically, but politically as well.
But the northern Whigs, who had a more consistent antislavery ‘record’, volunteered support for the proviso. “This bipartisan northern coa... ... middle of paper ... ...d. Besides these, there were secondary reasons, as well, numerous and piled-up from decades of conflicting interests. All of these contributed in producing, measured in physical devastation and human lives, the costliest war in the experience of the American people. Bibliography "American Civil War" Wikipedia 2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War Bailey, Thomas A., and David M. Kennedy. The American Pageant.
Many people fail to realize that the outbreak of the civil war changed the lives of all Southern women - not just slaves. The women of the Confederacy, black and white, rich and poor, would see their lives changed forever as a result of the war that ensued between the North and the South during the years of 1861 to 1865. The fact is, that even though men were doing the fighting, the women were faced with the more intimidating aspects of the war - new challenges, depravations, unforeseen dangers, and most importantly the uncertainty of their futures. The war required complete mobilization of resources and with three out of four men away at war1, there were many gaps for Southern women to fill. (“Our Needles.)
This caused many disagreements between the two regions and ultimately was one of the main causes of the Civil War. They also had different views on tariffs due to the difference in the economies. The North was booming with industrialization and they didn’t like competing with the goods being imported. The tariffs provided protection for the northern industries and in turn had a negative impact they had on the southern economy. This only amplified the uneasy feeling that the South felt about the Union.
First, you need to go to the basics. War, by definition from Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations,” “a period of such armed conflict,” “the art or science of warfare,” “a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism,” and “a struggle or competition between opposing forces and for a particular end”. But war to a dictionary can mean something to someone and something different to others. By this definition, war can be applied to any two people opposing each other in search for victory or a desired result. There are many different types of war, however we know war as it’s referred to the military.
“It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it.” Robert E. Lee (Tindall 716). The Civil War was a fight for the people, a war of the people, and was a surprise to people about the outcome of the long winded battle. This war, being the bloodiest battle in American history, effected the lives of every American alive at this time (Civil War 1). Issues of expansion, states rights, and Abraham Lincoln - a Republican- winning the election of 1860 were the major causes of this brutal war, with slavery playing a major role in all causes (Feature 1). Beginning in 1861 and ending in 1865, being the longest battle fought in America up to this time, ended with approximately 620,000 dead, multiple wounded, and others scared for life (Civil War 1).
Understanding the Importance of the American Civil War The American Civil War remains one of the most heated and highly debated pieces of history in not only the United States, but also the entire modern world. It remains so not only in its origins, but in the goals of each side, and the effects it had on American culture. The effects, as I will demonstrate much later, were not limited exclusively to the United States, and extended to many foreign ideals and practices as well. This demonstrates the importance of this war politically and socially to modern history. In order to completely understand the political and social reasons behind this bloody period in American history, one has to look back over thirty-years prior to the first shot at Fort Sumter.
There were many reasons for the outbreak of the civil war, a war that fundamentally changed the United States and inspired some of the greatest thinkers to write some inspiring literary works. Many are fascinated by the civil war and want to make sense of what happened. It was a bloody war in which Americans were killing other Americans. The questions and answers brought about during the war would re-shape the American society and provide an answer about the much debated subject of slavery. Each side held a deeply rooted reason for going to war.
Lincoln also says that the U.S. government can’t stay half for slavery and half against slavery for long without a conflict. All in all, the politics involved with the Civil war were both a major and crucial role in the Civil War. The Civil War was an important war over the freedom of slaves in the U.S.. The Civil War is well known for being caused by the issue of slavery, but it is really a combination of different events and actions that caused tensions to rise throughout the country. The economic and political issues in the U.S., along with certain actions caused the Civil war, which is one of the United States’s worst wars.