The American Civil War Was Inevitable

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"A house divided against itself cannot stand" were the words of Abraham Lincoln in a republican convention on June 17,1858 in Illinois. The inevitable debate over slavery, popular sovereignty, the publishing of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Lincoln's election would eventually have brothers versus brothers fighting each other in a bloody war. Religion, economics and the lost of power made the civil war an inevitable one. Popular sovereignty is the ideal that people could choose their laws such ideal Lewis Cass first brought up. This ideal had many forms but it usually means it has some form of popular consent, which is why republican fits its definition. It was created to help established an agreement among states over slavery in which they would vote for or against slavery in their state. After the Mexican war America couldn't decide between making these states free or slave states therefore they started using popular sovereignty to have the popular vote upon them. "Discovery of gold and other precious metals in the West added urgency to the controversy over slavery in the territories" (pg.506) this would eventually be the cause of one of the bloodiest wars in history. Stephen Douglas was also a supporter of such a concept as popular sovereign. In 1854 the Kansas-Nebraska act was passed allowing these two states to choose for themselves using popular sovereignty if they wanted to become an anti-slavery or pro-slavery state. Eventually this event was known as the Bleeding Kansas in which many violent events occurred in the cause of protest. One of the most known events during Bleeding Kansas was on May 21,1856 in which Lawrence Kansas also known for being a free-state area was attacked. The following day at the Senate " Pro-slavery C... ... middle of paper ... ...r looked so united and those were the people who helped keep this nation together. Works Cited Kelly, Martin. "13th Amendment." About.com American History. About.com, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. Kelly, Martin. "Top Five Causes of the Civil War." About.com American History. About.com, n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. Roark, James L., and James L. Roark. The American Promise: A History of the United States. Fourth ed. Vol. 1. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. Print. Ser. 1877. Stout, Harry S. "Religion in the Civil War: The Southern Perspective, Divining America, TeacherServe©, National Humanities Center." Religion in the Civil War: The Southern Perspective, Divining America, TeacherServe©, National Humanities Center. Teacher Serve, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. Yglesias, Matthew. "Why Did The Union Fight?" ThinkProgress RSS. Think Progress, 18 Apr. 2011. Web. 14 Dec. 2013.
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