The Civil War was inevitable between the North an South, as their social beliefs on slavery were worlds apart, westward expansion was creating tension, and Spot's Resolution, Wilmot Proviso, and Election of 1860 made the war unavoidable. The social beliefs between the North and South were a major cause of the Civil War, and as many people are aware: you cannot "fight fire with fire", which is exactly what occurred between the North and the South. This action in itself will eventually lead the country to war, as each side's opinion on slavery becomes more heated. The North believed that they took a moral highroad, claiming that slavery was wrong and needed to be abolished. 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.
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.
Yes, slavery was a cause of the war, but that was not one of the central causes that popular belief has engrained in us all, however, the role that slavery had will be discussed. These reasons all-fed off each other, which eventually resulted in the bloodiest war in American history and affected almost every single American family. The first cause, that was most the popular belief for the cause of the Civil War, was the idea of slavery. Thomas Jefferson believed that slavery was, “Rock upon which the old Union would split” . 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.
Numerous social issues befell, developing controversy which would later lead to the Civil War. An event that caused great strife was the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which allowed popular sovereignty to decide the legality of slavery in those areas. This act was devised so that it would reduce tensions and perhaps solve the issue of slavery. Yet, it had the complete opposite effect, as it led to increased tensions and violence. Since it eliminated the restriction on slavery north of the 36° 30’ line, antislavery Northerners were outraged, believing that the whole implication was a plot to “turn free territory into a ‘dreary region… inhabited by masters and slaves.’” (Deverell and White 447) Pro-slaver... ... middle of paper ... ...ews of social and political issues, thus causing the most brutal war America has ever encountered.
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.
The long and continuous conflicting views on slavery between the North and South grouped with the political power struggles over the new western territories was only further fueled with their economical and social differences. To state that the Civil War was avoidable would be just be a plain lie. The war meant to take place and it did. Works Cited 1. “American Civil War.” History.
The North wanted slaves to be free, the South on the other hand wanted slaves. There were many changes that occurred after the Civil War, some of which, the South did not like and some the North did not completely agree with. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars in the United States history. The Northern territory of the US were fighting against the Southern territory. The South wanted to succeed from the United States because, they believed that there should be slavery.
Too many affluent and powerful Southerners felt it was their duty to secede from the US. The founding fathers realized that they could not settle this issue if they were going to form the country, so they left this issue for their posterity. It was a taboo issue so many people were not going to come out and say it but they knew they were on the verge of war. The actions of violence and segregation were fearsome precursors to the war that many people dread, but knew that it was coming. The United States was formed with the notion that the issue of slavery would resolve itself peacefully as the country grew.
The Northerners goal... ... middle of paper ... ...o succession but none were as big as the slavery issue. The only way to avoid the war was to abolish slavery but this was not able to be done because slavery is what kept the South running. Because slavery formed two opposing societies, and slavery could never be abolished, the Civil War was inevitable." These were all the reasons why the South seceded from the Union and there was really no other way to avoid succession because the North and South had totally opposing views. The ending of the Civil War abolished slavery and determined that "free labor" was the only kind of labor allowed.
I. The Civil War was a time in American history built on growing tension and sectionalism. The constant battle over slavery between the North and the South would leave the Union anything but united. No number of compromises could stop the significant indifferences between the North and the South. Many events led to the horrific Civil War, but all of these events happened because of one reason; slavery.The Missouri Compromise, Fugitive Slave Act, and the Election of 1860 were the most significant of these events that led to the war.