Civil War Began in 1787?

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Civil war began in 1787?

Though the Civil War itself did not begin in 1787, many events from that point lead up to it. Such events like the creation of the “Northwest Ordinance of 1787”. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was a system of government for the territory North of Ohio. In these territories slavery would be prohibited.

While in the south cotton was becoming very profitable after the invention of the cotton gin in 1793. The southern economy depended solely on cotton production. They needed cheap labor, which meant a lot of slaves. Northern economy was based more on industries rather than agriculture. The north industry would buy the raw cotton and turn into finished goods. So since the south was based on a plantation system
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Compromise of 1850 was created by Henry Clay and others to deal with the balance between slave and Free states, northern and southern interest. One of the provisions was the Fugitive Slave Act. All runaway slaves were, upon capture, to be returned to their masters.

In 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe published "Uncle Tom 's Cabin". Sympathy began for the abolitionists and against slavery and slave holders.

In 1854 the Nebraska Act created two new territories that would allow the states to use popular sovereignty to determine whether they would free or slave. The real issues were in Kansas where proslavery Missourians began to pour into the state to help force it to be slave. These “Border Ruffians” caused a fight in Lawrence called “bleeding Kansas”

John Brown was a white man who hated slavery. He was very religious and thought slavery was against what the bible says. He was a mean and violent man. He thought that the only way to end slavery was with violence. On October 10, 1856 John Brown and group of black and white people, including his sons, rode into the small village in Virginia. The village name was Harper 's Ferry. They had lots of weapons and stole even more. They attacked people at railroad station and took some of them hostage. The people in town fought back
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