History Of Civil War, The North And The South

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Ariel Benillouche December 2014 History 11.51 Mr Steere History Research Paper Prior to the Civil War, the North and the South enjoyed a mutual economic relationship. The industrial North vended merchandise in the South to sustain the sprawling plantations, which in turn supplied crops to be traded in Northern ports. Secession, which began in the early 1860 's, was seen by Southerners as a means to greater political and economical freedom, as the South felt that the North had a political advantage which gave favor to its economic model. To most Northerners, however, secession posed a massive economic threat, given that the young northern economy was greatly dependent on Southern contributions. Therefore, fears of complete southern secession and ultimate economical collapse triggered the start of the Civil War; only during the war, when Union fighters experienced black slavery firsthand, did irreconcilable views regarding slavery and social values gain significance, further affirming the feeling that war was the only way to resolve the inherent conflict between the two sides. Had the economic systems of the North and South changed slowly instead of having drastic effects on changes in social structure, the “compensatory tactics” (1787,1820,1833,1850) could have been repeated to prevent war. These “compensatory tactics” served as temporary tension relievers. The Compromise of 1850, which amended the Fugitive Slave Act and abolished
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