From the beginning, it was clear that the country would not form with slavery gone, so it was pushed off to the side and they decided that the issue would be decided later. The issue was no longer at a place that they could resolve it peacefully because both sides would not budge. The North would not let slavery spread after Lincoln’s election, and the South was going to keep it at all costs. The war was the proof that this issue was major enough to split a country and cause the formation of another country.
People often misunderstand the factors that led to one of the bloodiest wars in history, the Civil War. While many believe the question of the morality of slavery is what drove the South to secede, leading to the Civil War, that was not the main element. While main issue that led to the war was slavery, freedom and morality were not the center of this. It was a variety of political and economic aspects of slavery were what initiated the Civil War. Anti-Slavery writers such as Seward and Helper urged the country to abandon the extension of slavery in order to protect the union and the economy.
Since the Civil War just ended, now is the time to start reconstruction. Later on, Lincoln starts talking about the North and South. It says,“ Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nations survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish.” It means that the North and South weren’t planning on war but because of wanting to save their nation, they sacrificed themselves and started a war. Lincoln then states, “ To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the union, even by war; while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. He is saying that the war happened not because of the issue of owning slavery but because of the expansion of slavery.
Many people felt that the federal government had no control over which territories would become free and which would become slave, this caused much tension between North and South as neither knew how to decide which way the territories went. In 1819 there was an even amount of free and slave ... ... middle of paper ... ...hey look at immigrants but also at the slavery issue. The know nothings were a secret society and were involved strongly in northern politics. The next president was Buchanan , he was a northerner with southern sympathies, when the North had a financial slump Buchanan did nothing to help, this was seen by the north as him being biased towards the south. The south wanted to split from the union and Lincoln was left with the situation of sorting it out, the south had not listened to him and were not prepared to find out what he was speaking about or what is policies were, they were also unwilling to listen to Douglas whom they supported.
But not all states wanted it to be slaves, the Southern states wanted it and the Northern states didn't. Because it was divided that way, a struggle broke out over if slaves should be free or not. Colored people, also known as slaves, were treated like they were nothing. Like they were some kind of creatures, slavery has had an impact on America for years. This impact caused rage and hurt, slaves put their blood, sweat and tears in their work to not get beaten or get their children harmed as well.
The North did not believe in slavery and wanted no part in owning another human being because that believed that it was wrong and unhuman and that god had not approved of owning a slave. The Northern parts and Southern parts of America experienced the session crises very differently, with the Northerners looking at ending slavery over a graduated period of time and the Southerners demanding the rights that they own come to them from the Constitution of America and states’ rights that were given to them with the help of their Southern leaders who were more responsible for the session crisis than the Northern leaders were. The civil war was a war between the Union and Confederacy in the United States or between the North and the South. One of the major causes why the civil war broke out was because of slavery. In the book At the Precipice
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.
What many people don’t know is that the original intent of the Civil War was to preserve the Union. Many factors went into Lincoln’s decision to also address slavery through this war. For one, the number of men enlisting in the war was dwindling, and it became apparent that black manpower would be absolutely necessary to win the war. Also, the increasingly upset Radical Republicans and abolitionists let their opinions be known and persuaded the citizens of the North that the war could not be won without attacking the issue of slavery. Finally, Lincoln believed that transforming the dispute from a conflict to preserve the Union to a crusade against slavery would dissuade the threatening British and French from supporting the Confederacy.
It was believed that slaves needed slavery so that they would be protected and cared for. In the 1830’s a new set of laws were put in place over free blacks. These laws required people of color to be registered under a white guardian. It was when the South began to relies there dependence on the North for manufactured goods, and capitol that Southern, industries, commerce, and shipping were considered. This plan fell through though when slave owners would not take the risk when they were profiting from farming.
The South viewed African Americans as lower human beings which justified slavery. "The 1850's was a time of attempted compromise when compromise was no longer possible." This quote best describes this time period, because Americans were trying to compromise their views to prevent a large conflict, but there were many events which made a compromise impossible. The Fugitive Slave Act was part of the Compromise of 1850. This act required that authorities in the North had to assist southern slave catchers to retrieve and return slaves to their owners.