Slavery And The American Civil War

1125 Words Jul 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Sanjani Prodduturu
Slavery and Civil War
Throughout history, it has been commonly misconceived that slavery and the abolishment of slavery has been the sole cause of the American Civil War. Whereas the institution of slavery has been a major cause of the war, the differences in ideologies and beliefs between the North and the South also play a role in the origins of the Civil War. The origins of the Civil War can also be attributed to the political, economical, social, and cultural differences between the North and South during the 1800s. The Cornerstone Speech by Alexander Stephens, Vice President of Confederacy, and the Nast’s cartoon of President Lincoln’s inaugural allow historians to gain a deeper understanding about the causes of the Civil War, and also allow historians to learn how the differences between the North and South led to the Civil War.
The ideological differences between the North and the South ultimately led to the succession of the Southern States and the formation of the Confederacy. The differences and conflict between the North and South were too great and couldn’t be amended. The Cornerstone Speech by Alexander Stephens, Vice President of Confederacy, at Savannah, is frequently considered to be one of the greatest speeches associated with the Confederacy. The Cornerstone speech has historical significance today because it explains the essential “cornerstone” ideologies of the Confederacy, and the fundamental differences between the United States and…
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