Causes of The Civil War

Causes of The Civil War

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  • Slavery
  • Why are there no slaves on you plantation?
  • Because the are not necessary when I can do my own work!
  • Slavery
  • Slavery is wrong add needs to be stopped in every single state!
  • States' Rights
  • You now what I'm not going to buy goods from the North because I don't want to.
  • Oh my goodness that's illegal though.
  • The north didn't really think as them equally like the south except for them it wasn't necessary so the north didn't have slaves and they could realize easier how wrong it was. The South wanted it to expand, but the North didn't. New states were being made though causing disputes over slavery expansion in the new states being made.
  • States' Rights
  • Abolitionists like Fredrick Douglas, William Lloyd Garrison, and Harriet Beecher Stowe despised slavery and wanted to destroy the whole concept.
  • Compromises
  • The South thought the state law should come before the national/federal law. However the North thought the other way federal before state law. The nullification crisis was a dispute over tariffs because the south want low tariffs to trade more with other countries and the north wanted higher tariffs because they were more dependent on themselves, but South Carolina decide to ignore the law and threatened to secede until Andrew Jackson said he would attack.
  • Compromises
  • Sectionalism caused even more problems because it caused loyalty to ones section of the United States. On the topic of secession Georgia was arguing with itself whether to secede from the union. Even Alexander Stephens the future vice president of the Confederacy was against secession simply because their economy was to weak as a state to function and they were better off if they stayed within the union.
  • The first compromise to try to prevent war was the Missouri compromise which allowed Missouri to enter the union, but due to the unbalance of power in the senate Maine had to be broken off from Massachusetts to reform the balance of power. Next they tried with the Compromise of 1850 which emitted California as a free state which caused an unbalance of power in the senate, so in order to please both sides they passed the fugitive slave act which guaranteed the return of any escaped slave.
  • Georgia was involved when they signed and approved the Compromise of 1850 postponing the war for 11 years. The final thing that drove the southern states to secession was the election of 1860 when Abraham Lincoln because they thought he would abolish slavery which he did.
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