Many counter arguments were formed upon what the constitution clearly states, for example the words ‘slaves’ and ‘slavery’ were nowhere to be found within the text of the Constitution and therefore protection of the slave system was annulled of being backed up constitutionally (Doc. E). The Constitution was interpreted differently and unpredictably, leading to sectional disunity and heavy tension between the North and the South. The South did not like what the Constitution stated, since southerners viewed slavery as an economic necessity. There were many contradictions against the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act (Doc.
Articles to satisfy the North’s desire for the end of slavery were written as to appease the South’s need for it. There were provisions made for the continuation of slavery or else the delegates from the South would not accept the Constitution as there were provisions made for the North so not the alienate those opposing slavery. The document was written in vague enough terms to leave it open for debate later on issues that could not be satisfactorily resolved at the initial drafting. Agreements was reached to later draft and ratify a bill of rights for the people of nation by the federal government that was uniform throughout the county instead of relying on each individual state’s bill of rights. The framers then proceeded to distribute the draft of the Constitution to the states will all accepting the document.
Although conflicts between opposing political parties were missing in this era, another more pressing and more divisive problem was developing: the predicament created by sectionalism. Americans recognized the need to solve this problem (Doc B) but could not because states were divided on the issue of slavery. They fought over which new, western states would be anti-slavery or pro-slavery. This issue was debated in the Missouri Compromise, in which bitter debates over this concern exposed the tension between the North and South. The Missouri Compromise created a geographical boundary that separated which states were to legalize slavery and which would not (Doc F).
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?
The American Anti Slaveyr wanted full emancipation of the slaves, and alos full civil rights for them, which was controversial even among abolitionists, for they feared this would cause a full on civil war. They believed that men should not be enslaved, but they did not believe that everyone was born equal, as they split over whether or not they should involve abolition in politics, and whether they should add women’s rights into their movement. 50. 47. Jacksonian democrats vs. the Whigs, who were they and their differences in political
Ever since the United States decided to expand its national territories towards the West by the beginning of the nineteenth century, there already existed a set of conflicts and controversies between those belonging to the Northern states and their own ideologies, and the Southerners and their ideals, mainly based on the issue of slavery. Thus, with slavery having been the main matter of political divergences between both sides, as well as the base of such conflicts, a number of Southern states carried out a secession with the upcoming election of Abraham Lincoln. Even though Lincoln thought that he had reached a situation in which such controversy was being now solved, due to his intentions of showing a moderate political view and not benefitting
Actually, disagreement between the North and South over states' rights and taxes was a more important cause of the Civil War than were differing views about slavery. Many soldiers did not fight for the purpose of abolishing or supporting slavery. There are stories of Union soldiers abandoning the war because they did not want to fight an abolitionist war. In the North, many soldiers fought because they believed slavery was wrong, but more fought because they needed the money or
The main problem was that they thought that their rights were being violated, the same way that the other colonies had felt which led to the Revolutionary War to take place. Along the way the southern colonies had been made to purchase any goods that they may have needed from the Northern colonies at a much higher rate compared everything else. The southern colonies had a lot of disagreement about the entrance of newly slave states so they lost much power in the political eyes in regard to this situation. When the different sides and different points of view in both the Northern colonies as well as the Southern colonies looked at the constitution they seen it in different ways, the southern government officials felt that the constitution should be honored the way that it was originally written and the Northern officials realized that the constitution will always be a changing and growing the product of the government. When looking at the union you ask what was the major unrelenting hurt on the union was considered to be the major problem of trading and tariffs ,because the southern colonies mainly depended upon trade or bartering to obtain goods they were forced to get them from the Northern colonies or receive them from European
The war was fought over three main disagreements - economy, state rights, and slavery. The south didn’t have the factories and machinery that the northern states had, and were therefore less successful. The heart of their economy revolved around slavery, and the northern states didn’t like this. The north wanted to abolish slavery. This led to fighting over which territories would have slavery or not, and eventually seven states, including Virginia, left the United States and formed their own country, called the Confederate States of America.