Reasons For The American Civil War

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The American Civil War began on April 12 1861. There are several reason that the Civil war began. The first reason was the major difference in the economic and social status that was taking place in the South versus the North. Second reason that the war broke out was the issue of states’ rights versus federal rights when it came to who would have more power in the states. The third reason was that the North and South could not decide in how the new states; that were coming into the union would enter as a slave state or a non-slave state. The fourth growing issue was the growing movement taking place in the North called the Abolition Movement. The fifth and final issues that caused the start of the American Civil War was the election of Abraham Lincoln as President. The invention of the Cotton Gin by Eli Whitney in 1793, was a problem for the cotton growing South. Cotton was a major staple for the South because it was becoming a very profitable commodity for the southern states. This would mean that the south would need more laborers and that meant more slaves to work the plantations. This invention turned the South into a one crop economy. Meanwhile in the North they were an economy based on agriculture. The North was using raw cotton and turning it into finish goods. This would cause a rift in the economy of the north and the south. This change meant the evolution of the North would bring many different races and classes having to work together to accomplish…

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