The United States And The American Civil War

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It was the Spring of 1861 when the United States ceded, creating two countries, the U.S. and the new confederate U.S. Tensions were high as both sides refused to give in to the other because of different views on protective tariffs and the use of slaves. Both felt they could not trust the other, so if they couldn 't compromise on one, they weren 't going to compromise on any. Our Constitution was created in order to solve problems and set a standard for all laws. However, in the 1800 's disputes between the North and South arose regarding the Constitution. The inability to compromise in the U.S. led to the American Civil War. By 1830, people were more aware of the growing differences between North and South. In all Southern states, there were a total of 12 million enslaved, that 's nearly 1 out of 3 residents in the South. If South states lost the ability to keep slaves, they would lose their power in the Senate and the House of Representatives, and their much needed harvesters of "King Cotton" and tobacco. Southerners wanted more slave states as the Union were to grow. As emphasized by Jefferson Davis, " Slavery was and is indispensable to the South 's kind of society." In their eyes, their Republican Government was a firm foundation only due to the enslaved folk. While the Republican party griped, the North developed economically and socially, relying heavily on factories and manufacturing. Their views encompassed a country without slavery, based on free labor, viewing the ownership of another person as ' economically backwards, morally repugnant, and politically antidemocratic. ' During this year, the North and South were opposing views. They had opposite plans for economic growth and their views on slavery and expans... ... middle of paper ... ... foresaw the slow death of slavery if it could not branch out to further territories. The election was the last straw for the South. In that same a four year war ensued, also known as the American Civil War. In conclusion, the long-standing dispute over slavery and minor differences regarding protective tariffs for the North and South resulted in the secession of the South from the Union. Their inability to compromise on controversial topics led to a war declared just one month later. Each compromise and resolution, although at first eased the fire, only escalated problems into a snowball effect. The nation was on an unavoidable path towards war. I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. -Abe Lincoln
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