The Civil War: Pro and Antislavery Conflicts

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During the 1800s, America was divided between the north and the south. The north was known as the Union and the South was known as the Confederacy. During that time, the Union was in conflict with the southern states because of pro- and antislavery arguments. This later became one of the reasons of why the Civil War began in the first. Slavery was a common problem in the United States. Before the Civil War era, the North and South were already arguing over the fate of slavery. This period was known the antebellum period. Although there were other major problems in this period, slavery was important because it sparked the start of the Civil War. Southerners argued that slavery was not the cause of the war, but there were many people who said otherwise. First and foremost, Southerners claimed that the main cause of the Civil War was the broken economy, and that it was to fix the government and unite all states. However many past politicians and modern historians say that this was not true and claim that slavery was the main cause. A British scholar in 1953 described that slavery was a major cause for the Civil War because both sides were in conflict on what to do with slavery. There was actually a debate held in Kansas that erupted in violence over South Carolina Representative, Preston Brooks, and Massachusetts Senator, Charles Sumner, because Sumner had disapproved Brook’s relative, Senator Andrew Butler’s, proslavery views. Another man who disapproved slavery was John Brown. In order to stop slavery, he assaulted Harpers Ferry as an encouragement for slaves to revolt. Unfortunately, he was stabbed by a bayonet and later executed. There was also the Dred Scott v. Sanford case as well as the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. These small pieces of evidence can contribute to the proof that the Civil War really did begin because of the problem
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