The tension between the sides were strong which lead to the civil war, but were all caused by their disputes of slavery moving on towards the new expanding territories. Slavery was the reason the two sides were fighting if slavery should even exist and led towards the secession and the civil war. The civil war was caused by the conflict among the north and the south and the states rights and political power all over slavery. Slavery was the
Due to their different views on society and ways of generating money, many people such as abolitionists and pro-slavery apologists had entirely different views. Americans proved to have too many differences that violence and other virulent events were inevitable. Slavery was just too much of a convoluted problem for a juvenile nation, such as America to figure out. As stated in lecture, the impact of slavery shaped both the societies and economies of the North and South, which ultimately led to numerous conflicts. These conflicts include; the Tariff of 1828, the Kansas Nebraska Act and the Missouri Compromise, which eventually formulated the start of the American Civil War.
While there is plenty to discuss why this was the cause of the war, the differences between the North and the South go much deeper then the question of slavery. Especially, since the Northern states tried slavery but it did not benefit them as well as it benefited the South. The last use of slaves in the North ended before 1850. While, slavery did play an influence and will be discussed how it did later, it is important to dispel some myths that have been lost in translation over the past 152 years. To the average American today, when asked what caused the Civil War a majority will say, slavery was the immediate cause of the war.
These social, political and economical reasons were the main cause of tension that was faced between the union and confederacy that led to the civil war. This investigation will contain an evaluation of the origin, purpose, value, and limitations of two documents used for research: The Social Dimensions of the U.S. Civil War by Mark Grimsley and Cultures in Conflict--the American Civil War written by Steven E. Woodworth. Section B: American Civil War: • The American Civil War started in 1861 and ended at1865. It was caused from very old sectional disparities and questions that were not completely resolved when the Constitution of the United States was approved in 1789. Abraham Lincoln is the sixteenth president of America; He was the president that solved the issue of slavery in the USA.
"The Northern and Southern perspectives on the causes of the War were radically different." The South, which was known as the Confederate States of America, seceded from the North, which was also known as the Union, for many different reasons. The reason they wanted to succeed was the result of four decades of great sectional conflict between the two. Between the North and South there were deep economic, social, and political differences. The Southern states had tried to resolve their problems by becoming their own separate nation.
Since American’s founding the issue of slavery surfaced many times, resulting in compromises attempting to please both sides. The North believed that slavery was morally corrupt, while those in the South believed that it essential for their livelihood. This dispute was fueled with the nation’s thirst for expansion of new territory as well. As new territory was conquered the question arose whether the new state would be a slave state ... ... middle of paper ... ...and final major issue that resulted in the Civil War being fought was the election of Republican President Lincoln in 1860, which added to the fiery debate and led ultimately to secession among the states. Abraham Lincoln believed and made known that he thought that “slavery was an evil… that [every man] had the right to freedom and fruits of their labor” (PowerPoint).
The Southerners did not want to get rid of their slavery system because it was critical to their e... ... middle of paper ... ... the main cause of the Civil War was slavery as shown by the Border War, John Brown’s Raid, and the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher. All of these conflicts, such as the Border War and John Brown’s Raid, made the North and the South have violent attitudes toward each other. And then the “straw that broke the camel’s back” effect came into place, and the North and the South eventually declared war against each other. Bibliography Cole C. Kingseed, “The American Civil War”. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1949.
Slavery was also seen as a threat to democracy; Northerners believed that a corrupt oligarchy of rich planters, the Slave Power, dominated Southern politics, and national politics as well. Northerners also objected on moral grounds to being legally required to enforce fugitive slave laws.  Abolitionism as a cause of the war By the 1830s, a small but outspoken abolitionist movement arose, led by New Englanders and free blacks, including William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Lucretia Mott. Many people North and South considered slavery an undesirable institution, but by the 1840s the militant abolitionists went much further and declared that owning a slave was a terrible sin, and that the institution should be immediately abolished. Southerners bitterly resented this moralistic attack, and also the stereotypical presentation of slave owners as heartless Simon Legrees in the overwhelmingly popular (in the North) book and play by Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852).
By the end of 1861, around a million armed men shook hands with each other in the two state stretches from Virginia to Missouri. This was only a minor problem for the United States at the time; the United States was not prepared for what was down the road. Blood shed heavily in 1862 at battles like Shiloh in Tennessee, Fredericksburg in Virginia, and Gettysburg in Pennsylvania were an eye sores for the United Sates. The Northern goals never came to be accomplished, they hoped for limited war but instead they received “total war.” The union used this to their advantage and destroyed the Old South and their passion for slavery which helped create the “new birth of freedom.” President Lincoln created the Gettysburg Address and a cemetery for the loved one that took their last breath for the United States. Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle’s Tom Cabin in 1852 hopping to show t... ... middle of paper ... ...e US government would not be able to pay off its obligations.
The Civil War was a very significant war that resulted in making the nation and the government stronger. Peculiarly both sides had very different views on what caused the war, what they wanted out of the war, and what the war meant resulting in what is considered the bloodiest war in America’s history, around six hundred thousand Confederate and Union soldiers died in battle. What did they all die for though? Depending on whether you were from the North or the South the answer to this question would vary. In fact, evidence from the speeches of leaders on both sides proves that each side had a very different meaning for the war and wished to achieve very different outcomes.