5 Causes of the American Civil War

5 Causes of the American Civil War

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  • Causes of the American Civil War
  • Good afternoon class, today we are talking about the causes of the Civil War.
  • Missouri Compromise
  • Good question, it said that there needs to be an equal number of free and slave states and it was based on location.
  • What is the Missouri Compromise?
  • Compromise of 1850
  • Because of the compromise of 1850, now slave vs. free state is based on voting, which contradicts the Missouri Compromise.
  • The Civil War was between the Confederacy and the Union over states' rights and slavery.
  • Fugitive Slave Act & California becomes a free state.
  • California becomes a free state and do you know what the Fugitive Slave Act is?
  • The Missouri Compromise led to the Civil War because it attempted to appease the North and South, but instead fueled the Civil War.
  • Lincoln's Election
  • Do you know what Lincoln's election led to?
  • The Compromise of 1850 caused the Civil War because it led to tensions in the Union.
  • Leaving the Union and Fort Sumter.
  • So these three events caused states to succeed and leave the Union. Then the attack on Fort Sumter was the start of the Civil War.
  • RIIIIIING
  • California becoming a free state upset the balance that was brought by the Missouri Compromise. The Fugitive Slave Act upset the North because they felt they were helping the slave trade.
  • That is when any runaway slave found in the north can be sent back to their owner even if they weren't a slave.
  • Lincoln was a republican candidate and his party was anti-slavery. The South was distraught by this because they thought he would take away slavery, even though he said he would not. This led to the Civil War because the South thought Lincoln was lying and decided to succeed.
  • Yes, the South seceding.
  • The South succeeded and formed the Confederacy. They found union territory (Fort Sumter) within their country, which the South didn't want so they attacked. This was the official start of the Civil War.
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