Did The Constitution Cause The Failure Of The Union?

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The Civil War began for many reasons. The general southern disgust of the north and their disapproval of the southern lifestyle caused the south to secede from the United States. This secession, in turn, led to he Civil War. One viewpoint is that, “by the 1850’s the Constitution originally framed as an instrument of national unity had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the failure of the union it had created.” This view of the Constitution as the cause of the Civil War is an interesting but extremely logical way to look at the situation. But how exactly did this document that formed such a seemingly perfect union also tear it apart? After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, new territories were added to the United States. As a stipulation of the Compromise of 1850, California was admitted into the Union as a free state. This gave an even balance of free and slave states in the nation. Therefore, popular sovereignty would be used to decide the issue of slavery in the territories of Utah and New Mexico. All other territories, excluding the Indian Territory and Texas, were free of slavery. Those two exclusions were admitted as areas in which slave labor would be used. The problems arose because this caused the south to be outnumbered as far as stand on slavery went and they ended up losing control of the House of Representatives. In those times, as a stipulation of the Constitution, the House of Representatives voted the Senate. Because of this, the south lost control of the Senate as well. As a result, the south began to realize that they would be outnumbered on every issue. They knew that eventually the south would lose every voting that was put before them. Because of this Constitutional stipulation, the south began to lose their voice, creating tension between them and the north. In December of
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