Eruption of the Civil War

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History reveals that there were several key events that led to the eruption of the Civil War in 1861. For the most part, these events had merely spawned from one another and illustrated a tension based on sectional differences and proclivities that could not be repaired without a prolonged martial encounter. It is due to the belligerence of the Civil War that one can most convincingly argue that the event that proved to be most pivotal to the start of the Civil War was the Kansas Nebraska Act. This particular act was so influential to the war that it would help foster in just seven years primarily because of what it represented the fact that the sectarian differences between the north and south of the United States had grown so pronounced that individuals along those lines were willing to fight and die to preserve the ways of life endemic to those areas. Although mass violence would not break out in the newly formed territory of Kansa until 1856, the seeds for these militant displays that would ultimately foreshadow the Civil War were planted in 1854 when Stephen A. Douglas initially proposed legislation to organize the Nebraska Territory. Since the land in question was north of the 36 degree 30' line, it would become a free slate as provided by the Missouri Compromise in 1820 (406). The land, which was initially conceived of as a single state, was then rendered into two separate territories to form a pair of states by Douglas, who was seeking to placate the natural
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