It soon became evident that the South was loosing hold on their part of the government, something that became clear when talk of the abolition of slavery rolled around; it wasn't so much an issue that the government sought to abolish slavery as that ordering it on a Federal level was in violation of the Tenth Amendment and states' rights. This strain only grew worse when the two main political parties of the time, the "Whigs" and the Democrats, began to fracture over regional lines. The "Whigs" merged north and formed what we know today as the Republican party. Given all of these volatile circumstances happened near or around the same time, a conflict was nearly
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).
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.
The Civil War was a fight to defend a way of life. The issue of uniting was fundamental to the survival of American democracy. The two different opinions on how the Union should be governed shaped America in a way that would have great effect on the states, this brought about Sectionalism between the North and South. The major reason of the conflict between the North and South were their different views on slavery and the treatment of the African Americans during the Mid-19th Century. This wasn’t the only trigger to cause the Civil War another encountering component of this war was the economic, social and political differences between the North and South.
One reason they were not able to join, were the northern troops stationed within the states. If the southern states were able to gain the Border States, it would have made a significant difference in the war. Another reason for kicking off the war, declared in Document E, was the hesitating or procrastinating voters. Davis knew that the bloodshed would change the minds of many voters for the south and vote for secession. In conclusion, these two presidents were wise in their decision to take and hold Fort Sumter.
In document # 6A it shows that the Republican party was formed to oppose the spread of slavery, the motto of the party was “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Man. The election of Lincoln led to the conflict and civil war because he was on the opposing party for the Southern States,the Southern States knew that Lincoln didn’t support slavery and if he was chosen slavery would be illegal. So the Southern states began withdrawing from the United States and when they did Lincoln began the civil war and stated it was to preserve the
The document “Southern Desperation” was written in December of 1860, by William Lloyd Garrison, a white northern abolitionist author of many abolitionist papers and articles. Garrison wrote the document when many southern states were outraged by the election of Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, who many thought favored to abolish slavery. Abraham Lincoln’s election forced many Southern States to secede from the union although Lincoln never spoke against abolishing slavery. Many arguments between the North and South were over slavery, however the South argued mostly for state’s rights, opposing the institutionalized government that they felt was in favor of the north. Many in the South believed that they should control their own ways of living, and that
Abraham Lincoln once stated in 1858 during a Lincoln-Douglass debate, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.” This was a statement made about the growing sectionalism that was happening the United States before the Civil War. Lincoln is referring to the issue of slavery splitting the country into two different factions. He believed that without a set law making slavery illegal, that the United States would fall apart. The events previous to the Civil War and the varying economic systems of the North and the South allowed Lincoln to predict the growing sectionalism in the pre-Civil War U.S.
Before the Civil War there were three arguments to frustrate the north and the south, causing them to become enemies. There are the Three Fifths Compromise, the Missouri Compromise of 1820, And the Compromise of 1850. All three compromises were about the way slaves were used and if they would be set free or stay slaves. Some solutions to these compromises were to fight and some other ones are they would compromise until the north and the south felt happy about the decision. All these compromises led into the Civil War because all the time they would have a compromise, the compromise would get worse and worse, until the Civil War where the south and north couldn't take it anymore.
Slavery was the main cause of the breakup of the Union and influenced other factors, such as territorial expansion, industrialization and economic tensions, and political alignments. Combined, all of these conflicts, with slavery at the root, led to the conflicts in the nation that started the Civil War. The issue of slavery caused conflict regarding new territories, economic stratification, and political turmoil. All of these tensions served to divide the nation, North against South, to start the Civil War. Slavery, in itself, was the most predominant reason for the breakup of the Union.