The North and South had some issues that couldn’t be resolved, but the drastic measure of war could have been prevented. Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of the United States was elected as in 1860. He was against the idea of slavery, but he’s biggest goal was to keep the union together. Of course since he was against slavery he was more appealing to the North, who we’re abolitionist and also against slavery. This is where sectionalism came to be a huge role in the cause of the Civil War.
Introduction At the end of the Civil War, America faced the difficult task of uniting not only two separated territories of the United States, but also two races long separated by racism and culture. Devastated and embittered by the damage of the war, the South had a long way to go in order to achieve true equality between the former slave owners and former slaves. The majority of the South remained set in racist behavior, finding post-Civil War legal loopholes to diminish African American rights (Tindall & Shi, 2010, pp. 757-758). Southerners continued to marginalize Blacks in their behavior toward ex-slaves and the later African American generation, continuing the escalation of racial tensions through white terror and discriminatory attitudes (Tindall & Shi, 2010, p. 759).
Slavery; Relations between the Black and White Man When looking upon American history in its entirety, there is a dark stain that spreads for a good chunk of the whole, starting almost from the beginning. Slavery, a word that doesn’t give enough justice to its name, a word that puts a bad taste in your mouth even though the people of today have never lived through its cruelty. Slavery may have started out as the selling of white European servants who came to America seeking a better life, but this is not the slavery that I speak off. The slavery that I speak off is the more vicious aspect of the word that grew out of that beginning. This slavery is by far one of the more difficult subjects to look upon when discussing American history and its influences.
Benefits of Slavery and Hardships of Freedom The abolition of slavery was undoubtedly the most important outcome of the Civil War. After years of being bought and sold like property, and treated so inhumanely, blacks were finally granted their freedom. The news came as a surprise both to slaves and slave owners. Both sides were so unprepared for this change that, for a long time, blacks continued to work as slaves due to the fear of being hurt by their former owners when the soldiers were not around to enforce the new law. Former slave owners as well kept doing things the same way they were before the abolition of slavery.
Research Question: How did the abolitionist movement impact the slave trade? Thesis Statement: The Abolitionist movement impacted trade by forming and supporting the Underground Railroad, Causing the Civil War, and gradually ending discrimination. The American Anti-Slavery Society was established in 1833, but abolitionist sentiment antedated the republic. For example, the charter of Georgia prohibited slavery, and many of its settlers fought a losing battle against allowing it in the colony, Before independence, Quakers, most black Christians, and other religious groups argued that slavery was incompatible with Christ's teaching. Moreover, a number of revolutionaries saw the glaring contradiction between demanding freedom for themselves while holding slaves.
It would start with the Tariff of abominations, an then the North and the South would just come to hate each other hastily for their different views on slavery. A beginning problem was a tariff issue in 1832. It was a new tariff that South Carolina did not take kindly to. South Carolina thought that if a law or tariff in this case is passed that directly affects the state, which it did, that the state had the right to nullify such a bill. This was the first of many problems the states saw to realize this was the beginning of a bigger scheme of problems (Document A).
Lincoln/Douglas Debates: 7th Debate The 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates pushed the United States farther from unionization at that time. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas argued in different areas of Illinois from August until October, both eager for a place in the United States Senate. Douglas, the “Little Giant” of the Northern Democratic Party, accepted a contest from Lincoln, a Republican politician of Illinois, in debating mostly slavery in 7 different congressional districts, concluding with a debate in Alton, Illinois. These debates would eventually play a part in Lincoln’s future presidency and his war with slavery. Much of the debating was over Popular Sovereignty concerning the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
They felt this was unfair because Texas being a part of the union should be protected and funded by the federal government. Texas felt the north and its citizens were breaking earlier agreements of returning escaped slaves back to the south. Instead they were harboring them . Slavery was a major argument in the ordinance because the south felt that slavery was a god given birth right to the white race; stating that “It is the revealed will of the almighty creator as recognized by all Christian nations”. They felt that it was against the will of god to abolish slavery.
Why was the Civil War really fought???? It is a commonly held view that President Lincoln fought the Civil War to free the slaves. Based on the video, in depth reading, and what we have gone through so far in class I must ultimately refute this assertion. Around the years of 1850 to 1861 the division of the north and south proved to be unstable as to leading to four years of bloodshed. During this time 11 southern slave states seceded from the United States and formed the Confederacy, witch fought against all states allowing slavery (free states) known as the Union.
Did Slavery Cause the Civil War? The claim of historians that the civil war in America was an outcome of slavery is true, as it was the issue of abolition of slavery that was considered not acceptable by Southern states of the country, as their major plantation and trade was there because of African slaves. According to the people of the South, North was trying to eliminate slavery with unjustified reasons. The Southerners regarded the Northerners as their enemies because, they thought that the government of North was interested in subjugating Southern States by ending slavery and by given equal rights to the slaves. There were eleven States of America that were slave states, as they held slaves in a large ratio; they named themselves as “Confederates of America” while the other side was named as “The Union” (Valley of the shadow).