The Compromise of 1850 adopted by the Senate was supposed to calm the sectional conflict of the Union, but actually only served to increase tensions between the North and South. The severities of the Fugitive Slave Act, legislation contained in the Compromise, together with the creation of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, led to the increase of sympathetic abolitionists, the operation of an Underground Railroad, and the formation of the antislavery Republican Party. The election of Republican Abraham Lincoln as President in 1860 was the catalyst that caused the secession of the Southern states from the Union and ultimate civil war with the
The south wanted Kansas and Nebraska to become slaveholding states because the south wanted slavery to spread across. The north wanted more states of their kind which were free states, because if they had more free states than slave states, the north would gain more power and be able to overrule the south when voting on important decisions in Congress. Stephen Arnold Douglas, a Democratic Senator of Illinois, strongly believed that the people of the territories should decide for themselves whether they wanted slavery in their state. He sponsored the Kansas Nebraska bill and that the settlers of Kansas and Nebraska would vote on if they would have slavery in their state. This was called the popular sovereignty.
How did Sectional Differences Threaten National Unity? 140). The social, political, and economic problems that the United States faced were the greatest factors of the Civil War. The Mexican War, growth of the Abolition Movement, and the election of Abraham Lincoln seem to be the major factors of the Civil War. President Polk, a believer in the Manifest Destiny, provoked a war with Mexico in order to obtain more territory.
One reason that slavery was a major cause of the Civil War is that it was the reason why the Confederates wanted to secede from the Union. In Document A, Calhoun says that he believes that slavery could cause disunion. He wrote this document in March of 1850, which was just a few years before the Civil War started in 1861. Also, his document is directed towards Senators, which was also in a debate over slavery for America. Calhoun was presenting to the Senate the issues that could arise if slavery was to be messed with and/or taken away.
As President of the United States Abraham Lincoln not only played a major role during the civil war but also in the events preceding the war and his presidency. Lincoln was running for President in a country united by law but separated by political, social and economic differences. After winning office Abraham Lincoln had to deal with the issue of the Southern states seceding and also the outbreak of civil war. In conducting the civil war Lincoln had to successfully address an array of specific and inter-related issues if Union victory was to be attained. These include; marshalling the American economy to meet the tremendous war needs of several million soldiers, raising a citizen's army of volunteers willing to be trained and to die for the Union, adopting war strategies for the Union Army, handling foreign affairs, dealing with the problem of slavery without destroying the democratic freedoms upon which the nation was founded.
The Southern states seceded from United States of America and establish their own nation calls The Confederated States of America and people are more often called rebels. They were led by President Jefferson Davis. On the other hand, North was still known as United States of America, and people called Yankees or Federals. They were led by President Abraham Lincoln. Slavery was main issue of civil war but it’s not the only reason it was fought.
It was 1861 when the war started between the Confederate States of America (“The Confederancy”) and the federal government (“The Union’). But which are the reasons that push these two groups to a war? Was it really necessary? And what happened after the war? In this essay I will explain these questions looking what happened before, during and after the civil war.
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
With the ability to gain more soldiers and afford the supplies needed the North had increased its chances of winning the war, the longer the war went on the less chance the South had at winning. Lincoln had a determination to keep the states united and that was what pushed the Civil War to go as long as it did and also give the North the win. “He was clearly willing to sacrifice his personal goals in favor of the preservation of the Union. In fact the abolition of slavery didn't even become
Democrat Stephen A. Douglas Abraham Lincoln had won the election and the south was furious because they knew that Abe favored the North and wanted to abolish slavery so many of the states started to secede(Britannica Encyclopedia). So Abraham Lincoln knew that as much as he wanted to get rid of slavery he could not get rid of it completely it would make things worse and those south sates that took side with the union would of left so he had to please the north and the south so he did what he could do. All Abraham Lincoln wanted was for the confederate states to come back to the union to bring them back in so he promised that does states in rebellion in secession slavery would be banned from them if they did not return to the union many states did not listen because they had built their own government already. And did not want to lose their rights of having slaves because they dependent on them a lot for their plantations of cotton and without them they would lose their workers and money. The union was fighting for the freedom of slaves and to bring back the union to be united as one.