The Civil War: From Economics to Morality As one of the most brutal wars in American history, the Civil War has become a dark reminder of America’s dark past. As president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln struggled to keep a nation together while attempting to eliminate slavery from the American economy. Because the purpose of the Civil war was not initially to end the institution of slavery, it was not until 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation that Black slaves would see this war as fight for freedom. Once the war became to war about freedom, African Americans, both free and still in bondage played a major role in the war, initially as service personnel, but lastly as fully armed soldiers. Primarily, the Civil War less
New policies such as the Free Soil Appeal angered southerners because it limited the southern power in the federal government and sought to bar slavery in the new western territory. Slavery became very important in the south due to the expansion of farming lands plus an increase in the demand for cotton. This required the need for free labor or slave labor in order for the southerners to be able to afford such vast expansions. When considering all of the factors that caused the civil war Lincoln is only responsible for that cause in the event that he was elected President. There were many other causes that steered the country into a civil war including the fight between slave holding and non-slave states, the dispute between state versus federal rights, and economical and social differences between the two divisions none of which were Lincoln’s fault.
Vanessa AP US History Period 3 Mr. Catalinich 31 January 2012 Events in the 1850’s that Contributed to the Causes of the Civil War In order to get back their “property”, the South pushed Congress to pass the Fugitive Law of 1850 as a part of the Great Compromise that postponed war between the North and South for four years. The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 was mostly aimed at the Northern States, requiring all citizens of America to find runaway slaves, regardless of their moral beliefs. The South viewed slaves not as human beings, but as property to be kept, sold, or even killed. It forced the North to become a part of the “slave system” even though they had clearly taken no part in any ownership. Those who tried to help slaves escape
In his views, Lincoln saw slavery as an unavoidable social evil that was essential to the economy . To the blacks, it was immoral and inhuman, but the Border States relied on the slave trade for their economic production. Abolishing slavery only meant altering the economic system in the slave Border States and this could only result in less support. Lincoln believed that slavery was destined to fade away with time but could not just be terminated abruptly. He advocated for a gradual termination of slavery but not a direct confrontation; first was the introduction of the Emancipation Proclamation, then the compensation of slave and finally colonization of the freed slave.
Nunu son was with the system because he was the head of all the slaves and was the one who had to punish the slaves if they got in trouble. Towards the end of the movie they plan a way to get out and Nunu’s son was not involved because he was a head slave and followed God. When they first started to pan out the attack and plan to get out shola did not want to help out but soon she did because she was getting abused by her master and at night she was raped. Shola’s love shango knew that Nunu’s son was going to be a problem and would get in there way so he made up a poison that would make him sick and hallucinate. In the end that turned out to be a problem when they were exacuting there attack, before they could attack and leave he started to attack his mother and killed her at the river.
After the War of 1812 many problems over keeping the balance between slave and Free states, arose which contributed to the growth of sectionalism in America. Thomas Jefferson referred to the Missouri Compromise as the geographical line that would cause more irritation in America every time an issue came about (Doc F.) Although the Missouri compromise created a new slave state in Missouri and a free one in Maine, this did not totally resolve the conflicts about allowing slavery in certain parts of the nation. Jefferson feared that the nation’s perseverance would be affected due to this dividing line.“The agriculturists bear the whole brunt of the war and taxation, and remain poor, while the others run in the ring of pleasure, and fatten upon them.” (Doc. A). The Tariff of 1816 placed a high tariff on manufactured imports in order to place a protective veil around typically northern businesses.
Manifest Destiny and territorial expansion divided the United States more than it united the United States from 1830 to 1860. Manifest Destiny increased the division between the North and the South. A major division among the States were the annexation of Texas to statehood. Since Texas is below the 36° 30 line, it will be admitted as a slave state. Northerners don’t want to annex Texas because it will throw off the balance of Free states and slave states.
The northern states where anti slavery and the southern states were pro slavery. Because the south’s economic structure needed slaves for plantations and the north was more industrialized. slavery was frowned upon in the north .and in the south slavery was veiwed as a way of life .. As America expanded over time the two sides fought for power. Each side had their own beliefs about t slavery but no one could come to a compromise. Before the civil war abolitionists and activist in politics such as William Steward tries to expand the abolishing of slavery by saying s “the country is a theater that
Lord Dunmore in an effort to gain more manpower promised freedom to all slaves fighting for the Rebels. The British then had over 800 slaves join British Forces. These concerns were spoken of with clear disagreement by one of our founding forefathers Thomas Jefferson who wrote in a draft of the Declaration of Independence about the King and slavery, Jefferson stated “he [the king of Britain] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit
It was assumed that Kansas would become a slave state because of its high potential for agriculture and its geographic location next to the slave state of Missouri. Anti-slavery efforts sought to recruit people to settle there in order to gain a majority and secure Kansas as a free state. These tensions escalated to violence between the two groups which came to be called “Bleeding Kansas”. Kansas helped reveal the issue of the expansion of slavery to people across the country and became a polarizing topic. Many American citizens in the North and the South were unhappy with the way that the government had handled the issue of Kansas.