Civil War Causes

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Most historians would like us to believe that the Civil War was fought to free the slaves. However, during that period – slaves were mere property and there was no moral concern for the blacks. With that said, there were several causes of the Civil War. Some were both short and long-term causes. These causes included the Mexican War, the Fugitive Slave Act, the publishing of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Dred Schott Case, the Kansas Nebraska Act (this repealed the Missouri Compromise, and caused the Bleeding Kansas situation). Additional causes included Constitutional principles, rights of the states vs national government, and the election of Abraham Lincoln, slavery in the territories, the Compromise of 1850, and the Wilmot Proviso (this is where the “land would be open to slavery if the line drawn by the Missouri Compromise were extended all the way to the Pacific).” – (Lecture). With anything, there’s two sides to every story. In this case we have the North and the South. The North believed that “Slavery and disunion were a cause for war”. Northerners believed that they had to “wipe out the ruthless slave power that was a national disgrace, and preserve the union.” – (Lecture). The Southerners believed that “the North violated state sovereignty and they wanted to protect constitutional principles.” – (Lecture). The constitutional principle the South wanted to protect was the 5th Amendment (December 15, 1791). The 5th Amendment (December 15, 1791) states in

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