Interpreting The Consequences And Causations Of The American Civil War

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Interpreting the consequences and causations of the American Civil war is a complex and multifarious issue that is defined by two predominant archetypes, the revisionist and fundamentalist viewpoints. The multiple revisionist viewpoints emphasize different interpretations of the origins and significance of the Civil War such as a Southern constitutional viewpoint, politics, economics, sectional differences between the North and South, or the great slave power conspiracy. Moreover, while some of these arguments are compelling the revisionist approach is insufficient in elucidating the incipient sectional tensions, during the 1850s, that brought about the American Civil War. Furthermore, the most efficacious way for historians to interpret the American Civil war is through a lens of multiple causality that focuses predominately on a fundamentalist approach. Consequently, slavery served as the central nexus and catalyst that enflamed the sectional tensions of the North, and South. The institution of slavery provided the primary justification for going to war, in conjunction with the rising sectional tensions of the 1850s, for both the abolitionists/free-soilers, and the Southern planting aristocracy. Moreover, the backdrop for these sectional tensions was brought about by the annexation of the Western territories acquired during the Mexican and American War. The question of whether these states would be free, or slave fanned the flames of these internecine arguments. As a

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