Slavery was a major issue that triggered the American Civil War. Basically the South wanted and needed it and the North did not want it at all. The South was going to do anything they could to keep it. Slavery and slave trades had become a big part of the South’s economy. The slaves were needed to work on plantations which helped the South prospered.
The limelight was theirs when we turn back the pages of history. Consequently, slavery as an economic system and as a moral disgrace is one of the very most scandalous trend after the coming of the war. Prominent people had actual arguments about whether they are either pro-slavery or abolitionist, thus making the system even worse. Colonization to constraint of slavery on its natural eventual downfall is not merely the case now. Today, normal people have the same opinion about the moral repugnancy of slavery, and are left with a more complex idea about why many people supported the institution of slavery and why it was so difficult to eliminate that "peculiar institution."
Yes, slavery was the cause of the Civil War, half of the country thought it was wrong, and the other half just could not let it go or continue. The war was fought overall in different places, and the monetary and property loss cannot be calculated. Arguments about the causes and consequences of the Civil War, as well as the reasons for Northern victory, will continue as long as there are historians to wield the pen ? which is, perhaps even for this bloody conflict, mightier than the sword (Oates 388). The Civil War was a great waste in terms of human life and possible accomplishment and should be considered shameful.
Since the 17th century, slavery helped build the United States by strengthening the economy, but also ruined many African American’s lives. Slavery especially effected the South and their economy, politics and laws, and the culture. Many whites did not see an unethical problem with the slave trade, especially if they treated their slaves well, but that is wrong. African Americans tried extremely hard to hold onto their culture and their lives before slavery. African Americans, free or not, suffered immensely because of the prejudice put upon them merely because of the color of their skin.
The election of Abraham Lincoln only made matters worse for the southern states, as these were aware that republican candidates favored abolitionists and some encouraged their ideas to make slavery illegitimate. But if we are going to talk about who won the Civil War, between the Confederate and Union States, it can definitely be said that the Union won the war, and here are some reasons why. The Confederate states relied much upon the use of slavery, as this was part of their daily life and slavery was the force behind the economic stability of the South. While this was true for the South, the North on the other hand didn’t rely on such a system, hence it favored the abolition of the practice of having slaves and to treat them as “property”. When the war came knocking at the door, the North had more man power than the South, even though the men who were fighting for the southern states had more experience in military warfare the Union’s men outnumbered the south with more than double the amount of people fighting for the Confederate states, roughly speaking about two million men fought for the Union (Goldfield, 412).
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.
He argued that people shouldn’t view slavery as an evil influence on white society, but on how it makes African Americans look bad. He also spoke of the advocates of colonization, which were those who started an antislavery movement in the early 19th century, and how they weren’t really against slavery. They were really trying t... ... middle of paper ... ...it made sure to see that state officials didn’t help in the catching and returning of runaway slaves. Although the movement was good for slaves, this movement really divided the nation. Some people believed in taking matters peacefully and calmly, while others decided that violence and riots were the way to go.
The concept of free labor had swept clear across the New England states, they believed that the south's economy struggled because of their use of slavery. It supported laziness, a man did not have to work as hard if he had slaves working for him. The... ... middle of paper ... ...ning the west republican and anti-slavery, the northern ideology would reign supreme and the southern ideology would fall by the wayside. Ethnocentrically than became a major factor in the argument of the south, but with republicans with northern ideas, there battle was futile. The south could not find a way to concretely voice their opinions.
The South, on the other hand, saw slavery as a way of life and, since the slaves only were 3/5th of a person to them, they saw nothing wrong with what they were doing. Thinking that the North was trying to destroy their way of life, the South saw every reason to secede from the States and fight a war if need be. Their whole economic base was on the line, and they were reasonably upset. The North, however, was motivated by passion. They simply had not understood that the South truly believed they needed their slaves to accomplish all the work quotas on the plantation.
Yet even these “high principled people” and “educated and sophisticated hierarchs” that approved and created the constitution left grievous discrepancies that later cause a terribly bloody war. If they had taken a clear stance on anti-slavery, the southern states would never have joined the Union. They discretely mentioned slavery in three different sections, but never out right say that it is legal, or illegal. It gave people the right to sue against slavery. And that put doubt (whether they should be in the union) and fear into southern slaveholder’s hearts.