Assess the factors that led to the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861 The main factor that caused the American Civil War in 1861 was slavery as it was the underlying fundamental division between Northern and Southern societies that made living in harmony impossible. However, we must also examine the economic disparity between the North and South, political failure to manage the situation and the impact of the election of Lincoln in 1860. Although slavery is the underlying reason, the civil war would not have happened if it were not for the financial divide that developed because of slavery. These core factors were exacerbated by political mismanagement, a catalyst for the outbreak of the Civil War and Lincoln’s election in 1860, the trigger factor. Despite this, had it not been for slavery, there would have been no initial divide between North and South which created economic disparity and led to Southern paranoia over Northern expansionism which led to war, thus the most important factor.
His political party was Republican serving only two terms, as he was assassinated on April 15, 1865. Abraham Lincoln is the most influential President in the United States because he put and kept the union from Civil war, enacted the Homestead Act, and crafted the thirteenth amendment, which ended slavery. Sothern leaders began to threaten about leaving the union, because of Republican plan to end slavery. The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, as forces from the
I believe that the Civil War began with the debate over the future of slavery. That very issue led to secession, and secession caused a war where the Northern states fought for the ground of the Union, and the South for their independence as a new confederation of states under its own constitution. It seems to me that any disagreement leads to some form of resentment. We tend to not like what we don’t understand, and it was hard for the North to understand why the Southern states were itching for freedom from them. It seems from a broader point of view that the North has gone through so much just for the Southern states of America to exist.
One of the most decisive engagements of the Civil War took place in early July 1863 in and around the sleepy southern Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. The principal armies of both sides fought over woods, cornfields and hills from July 1 to July 3 with the Union emerging victorious. The defeat of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia by Union Major General George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac during the three day battle dealt a crushing blow to already dwindling Southern hopes for independence. The Confederacy was in a desperate military situation in late May 1863. The Union seemed about to seize the besieged city of Vicksburg, Mississippi and capture an entire Confederate army, which was trapped up in the town.
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR D C 101 I003 Dr 26 February 2012 The American civil war took place from 1861 to 1865. This bloody war took more American lives than any other war in history. The two sides who fought the war were the North and the South. The civil war had many causes, but the two major issues were slavery and the election of Abraham Lincoln. Many people lost their lives, but at the end, the war freed and abolished slavery in the United States.
Peter Loebach 7433 Cinnabar Terrace Gaithersburg Maryland 20879 LET 3 Colonel Zadok Magruder High School 5939 Muncaster Mill Road Rockville, Maryland 20855 The Battle of Antietam was fought on September 17, 1862. The United States Army of the Potomac led by General George B. McClellan fought against the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia led by General Robert E. Lee. The battle was considered the bloodiest battle in American history where both sides suffer a great amount of losses. I have learned of the political turning point of this battle. Had the outcomes have change the south could have won the civil war.
This is a story about the battle of Gettysburg as viewed from both sides. The book only makes account of the time period from June 29 through July 3,1863. Although the book was on the actual battle at Gettysburg, it goes into the pros and cons of the attack by both sides. It also reveals the thoughts and feelings of the officers and ground troops about why they were there. The most prominent person, was General Robert E Lee, commander of northern Virginia.
There were three main causes of the Civil War: slavery, differing economic and social systems, and states’ rights. Slavery was at the heart of the social, economic, political and constitutional conflicts. In addition differences in climate, soil, industries, labor systems, and divergent social forces lay at the roots of the causes of the Civil War. The last main cause of the Civil War involved the seceding states and their drive for the right to be independent and sovereign. Of the three causes, slavery is for me the most significant.
Morally, America was affected by the citizens’ personal feelings on slavery on slavery and how the citizens handled those emotions. Economically, America was affected by the South losing slave labor, causing them to lose profit because of abolitionists and African Americans. Thus, America was affected by slavery politically, morally, and economically which helped cause the civil war. Slavery was a major issue in America in the 1800’s and
Southern states believed that their way of life was being infringed, meaning that slavery was an important institution for their mainly agricultural based economy. The infringement of their way of life was what really caused the succession of the Confederate states and the Civil War. It has been said that the Civil War is the second American Revolution. In many ways, this statement is accurate. The American Revolution was fought because colonists felt the tyrannical government of Great Britain was abusing their authority, and directly affecting their way of life and happiness.