Causes of the Civil War

Updated: 3/26/2021
Causes of the Civil War

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Hey! These are 6 main causes of how they all led to the Civil War!

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  • Tariffs
  • Sectionalism
  • No, you're an enslaved African, you are defined as "property", and "property" can't be taken away by law.
  • Dred Scott Decision
  • I'd like to sue for my own freedom, for my own welfare. I claim to acknowledge the fact that I can be free because I have live in areas where slavery has been illegal.
  • We need a strong central government! All the power to make/change laws fully lies with the government!!
  • Tariffs were a cause of the Civil War since Southern states, such as South Carolina, believed the tariff was unconstitutional and opposed the newer protectionist tariffs because they would have to pay them, but Northern states supported them because they helped boost their industrial-based economy.
  • Election of 1860
  • States deserve their own rights! States should be able to have a say in the laws passed because they're the ones who get affected!
  • Sectionalism started to emerge in the United States during the years leading up to the Civil War. The idea that a person's area is superior to other parts of the world is known as sectionalism. Slavery was a controversial topic in the United States, and the North and South were on opposite sides of the debate.
  • States' Rights
  • The Dred Scott decision was a ruling by the United States Supreme Court on March 6, 1857, that residing in a free state or territory did not entitle Dred Scott, a slave, to his freedom. Scott, as someone's house, was not a resident, and therefore could not sue in federal court, according to the ruling.
  • Secession
  • The 1860 presidential election turned on a number of issues including secession; the relationship between the federal government, states, and territories; and slavery and abolition.
  • States' Rights the ongoing struggle over political power in the United States between the federal government and individual states as the South believed it was their right to maintain slavery and the right of individuals to hold property of slaves.
  • Following Abraham Lincoln's election as president in 1860–61, 11 slave states (states where slavery was legal) seceded from the Union. The American Civil War was caused by secession.