Causes of the Civil War

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  •  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • One of the main causes of the Civil War was slavery in the South.  The Northerners were very against this idea and they treatment of the slaves.  They planned many abolitionist movements along items like the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape, which grew tensions between the North and South.
  • Another cause of the Civil War were controversial books, like Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, which revealed the unlawful treatment of slaves in the South. Books like this helped to expose the evil in the South and greatly angered the Southerners.
  • In 1857, the court case of Dred Scott ruled that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional. Also, that Dred Scott could not have any rights in the South because he was still considered a slave. Court cases like this influenced the beginning of the Civil War.
  • The creation of the political party, The Republicans and what they stood for caused much controversy in the South. The election of Abraham Lincoln was another cause of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was not even on the ballot in the South, because of his election, the secession of the South began.  
  • Much violence in the United States caused the tension to grow between the North and South and caused the Civil War. Individuals, like John Brown, started revolts to help slaves break free. He was unsuccessful, but considered a martyr in the North for the abolition cause. From this, Bleeding Kansas was named.
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