The largest and most noticeable cause to the civil war was the issue on slavery. The federal government wanted to impose upon the States that slavery must be made illegal. The Southern States, which their economy was mostly based upon slavery, wanted to decide for themselves and not have it forced upon them by the federal government. This not only led to the debate reguarding slavery but the argument on state and federal power. Since the revolution there were always two sides of the issue, those who wanted stronger state rights and those who wanted stronger federal rights.
The American Revolution did not satisfy the colonial goals for civil, political, social, and economic rights; however the Constitution did. All the American Revolution did was drive the British out of America. With the British gone the Americans had the ability to strive for civil, political, social, and economic rights, but the Articles of Confederation became an obstacle in their path to their rightful goals. During the American Revolution the American people wrote a lot about what they wanted to accomplish and attain. In Document A, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms, it is written that the American people feel they have been wronged by England because their rights are restricted and wish for these basic rights to happiness and such.
Duggan 1 Paul Duggan APUSH-3 10-20-10 American Revolution DBQ During the period from 1775 to 1800, American’s views toward Britain began to change. British policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified the colonial’s resistance to Britain and commitment to their new Enlightenment ideals. The policies involved many taxes which the colonists’ resisted due to their belief that such taxes without representation abused their rights. Americans began to look for political, economic, and social freedoms that Britain continued to deny them. They felt that the king was abusing his power as a monarch and therefore their rebellion was for a just cause of declaring the independence they wanted.
Chapter 5 Summary- Supplemental Text Race tensions have existed ever since Spaniards brought the first black slaves to the Pee Dee River in present-day South Carolina in 1526. The slaves rose violently and slip off to live with the Indians while their masters, the Spaniards, returned to Haiti (135-136). Race is the deepest division in American life. The relations between white and black people ruined the Whig Party but inspired the formation of the Republican Party and, also, made the Democratic Party to be called “white man’s party” for a century (136). They motivated Congress’ first override of a presidential veto of the 1866 Civil Rights Act and inspired the Senate’s longest filibuster, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, of more than 534 hours (136).
However, if the British were governing in America, slavery would likely have been abolished much earlier because, after the Enlightenment, European nations began to detest slavery and even tried to influence America to abolish slavery as well. In fact, British ships would actually intercept slave ships from Africa and free the slaves on the ship. Southern America, especially in areas that had cash crop economies based on tobacco or cotton, did not accept this idea and were completely dependent on slave labor to fuel the agrarian society that founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson so adamantly supported. The reason for this continuity certainly lies in the economic dependance on slave labor in the South. Additionally, referring to the American citizens, the political power did not shift from the rich landowners to the populous, the right to vote stayed exclusively in the hands of the rich white land owners.
The civil war was started in 1861 which was caused by slavery. It was suppose to be a white man's war. White southerners would wage war to make the confederacy a seperate and independent nation free to promote slavery. As a result the white northerners took up arms to maintain the Union but not to free a single slave. The blacks has contributed a lot of work to gain their own freedom.
Paine was the first to articulate political injustice in a way that was relatable. In todays over exposed culture, a written manifesto like Common Sense probably couldn’t carry such an impact as it would be one of many. Modern America is so divided by the two political parties. Sensationalized media further segregates Americans from Paine’s view of democracy. Paine explains the British had too much power and with power comes corruption.
In 1776, Americans had just declared their independence from Britain –referred to as a kingdom of slaves. Why was their slavery justified? Their goal was to make America an asylum for refuge and freedom of religion, where equality would be first priority. The nations slave population was approximately one fifth of its own population. The idea of slavery is cruel and extreme in today society, but it was common to own slaves then.
It caused imbalance in colonies. That claim led America to reconsider putting blacks fighting line. The Proclamation delivered its promise and gave freedom to many slaves. Many blacks played a major role in this war. Crispus Attuck, who was black slave, is known as the first martyr of the war.
Also, the Confederates believed that their loss of the Civil War was a "divine punishment" for mistreating slaves. Based on another New York Times article "To Combat Modern Slavery," which was published October 1, 2012, their is an issue on human trafficking. This is modern slavery where individuals are exposed to exploitation and disrespect. This is a target on the vulnerable people , such as children and females. The Obama administration are very much against this type of behavior.