Finally, the South was not aggressive enough in influencing the beliefs of citizens, both on their side and in the Union. They were fighting to protect their way of life, something very important, yet they did not do enough to inspire people in the Confederacy to keep fighting, and moral decreased through the war. In the Union, the Confederates had to terrorize citizens, and make them feel their own lives were threatened. The South needed to make th... ... middle of paper ... ...pe during this time, the government cannot act without its people backing their decisions. The war could not continue if northern civilians decided preserving the union was not worth their suffering.
The Confederates had the opportunity to win the war if the outcome of the presidential election was different, but due to their avoidable blunders, they were worn down and defeated. Finally, the South could... ... middle of paper ... ...ents of France and England from intervening. In the North, they failed to cause terror and disdain towards the war, which they could have accomplished through attacking their homeland. Lastly, the Confederates would have won the civil war if they were able to keep their own citizens motivated. They had a worthy cause, but did little to reinforce its importance; and inadequate leadership coupled with hypocrisy lost trust.
Too many affluent and powerful Southerners felt it was their duty to secede from the US. The founding fathers realized that they could not settle this issue if they were going to form the country, so they left this issue for their posterity. It was a taboo issue so many people were not going to come out and say it but they knew they were on the verge of war. The actions of violence and segregation were fearsome precursors to the war that many people dread, but knew that it was coming. The United States was formed with the notion that the issue of slavery would resolve itself peacefully as the country grew.
In fact, evidence from the speeches of leaders on both sides proves that each side had a very different meaning for the war and wished to achieve very different outcomes. Contrary to what I originally believed this war much more than the issue of slavery. While the South was very concerned with the possibility of abolishing slavery, securing their rights and obtaining sovereignty was their main driving factor. The North did not simply want to end slavery either. President Lincoln was much more concerned with keeping the Union together because once one state left it would lead to others and eventually the “United States of America” would become the “Sovereign States of America.” That’s not to say that slavery was not a huge player in the Civil War though.
The future of the United States was decided in this war. Abraham Lincoln knew that for any further issues regarding slavery would only hurt the US so he realized that the decision would have to be either slavery or no slavery. He knew that the future would Congress and House should not have to decide laws that govern slavery. He knew that if the Confederacy lost the war, they would need to join the US again because their country would not stand. He was aware that the Union could act upon this without low opposition because he did not have Southern protesting.
The inauguration of President Lincoln will hurt all chances of Southern policy because he is going to make this country much different than what it should be. Additionally, the conflict of white and black employment in our state will create issues that do not need to happen. The state of South Carolina has a strong and storied history that the United States was tearing apart. South Carolina will benefit from getting rid of connection with the United States because they do not have the same ideals. Your vote will be important because South Carolina does not need to continue with North oppression.
Jefferson Davis told his Confederate Congress that because of the flaws in the Constitution it would be unjust to stay in the Union and it was in South’s best interest to secede because amendments weren’t being made that would favor the growth of the South (Document H). This secession inevitably ended with Civil War and the major cause of the war would become the flaws that were drawn out of the Constitution. By analyzing the evidence presented, it is apparent that the interpretations of the Constitution and flaws that were found were the major causes of events that lead up to Civil War. The Civil war would not have happened if the flaws were amended thus ending the fighting over the constitutionality of certain issues. In conclusion the Constitution has done many things that united and divided the Union because of the ideals of man.
Coupled with the hostilities, lack of votes for Lincoln from the South and disregard for the constitutional protection of slavery is a justifiable reason from the Southern leaders to secede from the Union. In conclusion the Southern leaders were able to use the Constitution and the Declaration as justification for secession from the Union. Southern Leaders claimed the North had broke the law of compact, was hostile to the South, and that southern states lacked of protection and equality that was provided for in the Constitution. Works Cited "compact". Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
Lincoln’s main priorities were to preserve the Union, and reserve the republic. Slavery, in some ways, was a nonissue to Lincoln unless the republic was threatened. Lincoln was dead set opposed to secession, which greatly worried the South. The South realized that if Lincoln won the election, they would lose power. Due to this worry of losing their “way of life” due to Lincoln’s victory in the election, the South decided to secede from the Union, which eventually lead to the Civil War.
The government was being blamed. Southerners were opposing conscription, taxes, and habeus corpus. McPherson points out that these could not have been reasons for the loss. The same thing was happening in the North. Therefore this internal conflict with the home front government does not have a plausible role in why the South lost the war.