Although many people believe that the civil war was only about slavery that is not totally true. The civil war was about many factors and issues that divided the North from the South. The civil war was fought between slave states and free states. For this reason it makes it seem as though it was a slavery war. The civil war created many economic downfalls for both the Union and Confederacy.
By doing so, it created one of the many disagreements between the North and South, the institution of slavery. When the Fugitive Slave Act was placed in the Compromise of 1850, it created even more hostility between the two parties. But it was in no comparison to the outburst that was formed from Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This book created a face for the slaves, it gave everyone an understanding of how slaves were treated and the injustice they suffered in reaction to the Fugitive Slave Act. “It transformed abolitionism, bringing the movement, whose extreme rhetoric many Northerners had previously viewed with disapproval, to the edge of respectability” (Goldfield 378).
Slavery soon became an enormous issue seeing as the slave owners came to treat slaves whichever way they pleased, getting away with it. Northerners did not believe that slavery was correct. In fact, they were anti-slavery, for the North, taking on Abraham Lincoln’s side, thought it should be abolished. Geography played a big role in the secession of the South; in the South the temperature is warmer, there was better soil, and also there were also many more fields and land to grow crops on. For this reason specially, Southerners became further inclined towards slavery, seeing as instead of having the slave-owners doing all the work, they would simply have slaves, without costing them a cent (DOCUMENT # 3).
Even northerners who were prejudiced against blacks were often against slavery, because they felt slavery caused unfair competition for free laborers; this argument figured prominently in “Free Soil” ideology. Free Soilers sought to prohibit slavery in the new territories, because it interfered with free labor. Northerners believed that they could work their way up in society by hard work and many did. The most violent confrontations between people who believed in free soil ideology and people who were pro slavery took place in the Kansas territory prior to the start of the Civil War. Kansas became known as Bleeding Kansas as a result of the
“Most of the Northerners did not doubt that black people were inferior to whites, but they did doubt the benevolence of slavery(civilwar).” Slavery was so cruel that many slaves had to figure out ways to escape it. For example, slaves would destroy farm machinery, fake sick and even commit murder but the most common act of the slaves was to runaway(civilwar). In the 1860s, the Civil War in America was the start of slavery becoming abolished. Slaves in the south escaped and went to the North, where Union generals made abolitionist policies. Many Northern abolitionists became aggressive.
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
It created two new territories that would allow the states to use popular sovereignty to determine whether they would be free or slave. The real issue occurred in Kansas where proslavery Missourians began to pour into the state to help force it to be slave. Problems came in Kansas. The fighting that occurred caused it to be called “Bleeding
During this time, the north underwent major social, economic, and industrial changes known as the Antebellum Period. The south generally clung to cotton and slavery and thus remained essentially the same. However, increasing tensions surrounding slavery ultimately led to the breakdown of the compromise in the middle 19th century. Compromise could not be achieved in this time period due to political complaints and conflicts concerning slavery. In addition the moral and social stance on the issue divided the North and the South and made compromise difficult.
The blacks has contributed a lot of work to gain their own freedom. For example, the slaves would run from their masters to become contrabands which was enemy property for the union. Also, they would labor behind the scenes for the nothern armies and rick their lives by going on the battle front. Northerners began enlisting blacks to assist them in the fight. Lincoln's second confiscation act and the militia act both of 1862,
It’s the federal law that made white Northerners to return escaped black slaves back to their owners in the South. This act made many white northerners, abolitionists and antislavery supporters mad. People wanted to stay out of the slavery battle and this act forced them to choose a side. This act affected many people including Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist and author.