Jus ad Bellum and the Civil War

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Up until the late 1800s, slavery was widely considered acceptable in America. This ethical issue was important because African Americans were forcibly held against their will in order to fulfill the hard labor duties that were demanded by their owner. Slaves had no say in whether their lives belong to themselves. There was no sense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. African Americans were not even considered a full person. Although the slaves had families they had no control on whether or not they would stay together. Slaves were sold to different parts of the country in which sometimes they would never see their family members again. Although slavery was accepted, the northern part of America allowed African Americans to be free. This ultimately led to a bloody division between the North and the South. The south led a revolt to go to war against the north, specifically in order to keep their rights to allow slavery. Based on the principles of jus ad bellum, the south was not qualified to go to war in the first place. In order to go to war the state has to be minimally just and the south was not minimally just in doing so. Throughout this paper I will explain the six principles of the jus ad bellum and whether or not the south met any of those principles. I will also explain the south perspective within each of these principles, on why they believed it was right for them to go to war. In Brian Orend’s book, Morality of War, he states, “War is an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities wherein the ultimate objective is to force the other side to accept one’s will regarding governance (Orend). “ The south clear intent was to force the north to stick with their politi... ... middle of paper ... ... but it revolutionized the world’s outlook on slavery today. Works Cited "First Inaugural Address, February 18, 1861 : Rice University The Papers of Jefferson Davis." First Inaugural Address, February 18, 1861 : Rice University The Papers of Jefferson Davis. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. . "Internet History Sourcebooks." Internet History Sourcebooks. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. . "Life as a Slave." Life as a Slave. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. . Orend, Brian. The Morality of War. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview, 2006. Print. "Why Was the Confederacy Defeated?" History Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. .

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