The American Civil War Was Inevitable

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America’s transformation into the country we live in today has been formed through numerous events during its short history but the event that will split the United States into North versus South is truly one of the most defining events in American history. Through numerous events leading up to the start of the Civil War, I will attempt to show how the United States was destined for conflict and that the Civil War was inevitable. The first way I will show how the war could not be avoided will deal with the issue of slavery. Slavery should be the first mentioned because many conflicts within the United States leading up to the Civil War and the division of the United States dealt with slavery. The Missouri Compromise should also be talked about because this event shows how the nation was divided on the issue of slavery and how the new territories would handle the slavery issue. The third reason why the war could not be avoided was introduction of the Tariff of 1828. This event leads us to the issue of nullification and the indifferences held by each the North and the South on the issues of taxation. Lastly, I will talk about Abraham Lincoln and how his winning the election of 1860 would be the final event that will lead the south into secession and the country into the American Civil War. Slavery is not only a major topic for why the Civil War started, but how it will also define the geographic landscape of the United States prior to the Civil War into free states and slaves states. The Northern states held different views on slavery than the Southern states. The majority of the abolitionist movements started in the North, for example the New England Anti-Slavery Society, started by the supporters of William Lloyd Garrison, the ... ... middle of paper ... ...f American History. 2003, "Prize Cases, Civil War." Dictionary of American History. 2003, "Civil War General Order No, and "Mortars, Civil War Naval." Dictionary of American History. 2003. "Civil War (1861–65)." Encyclopedia.com. HighBeam Research, 01 Jan. 2000. Web. 14 Dec. 2013. . "Primary Documents in American History." Missouri Compromise: Primary Documents of American History (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress). Library of Congress, 30 July 2010. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. . Roark, James L. The American Promise: A History of the United States. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008. Print. "Tariff of 1828." Tariff of 1828. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. .
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