The Approaching Fury : Voices Of The Storm

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The ethical differences between the North and the South in early America would become the foundation that would eventually lead to the American Civil War; a bloody battle that held great losses for both sides. The two sides fought the Civil War over the growing tension revolving around issues such as expansion and slavery. The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, by Stephen B. Oates is a read that tells the story of the coming of the American Civil War through the viewpoints, of 13 principal players, including Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass.
As America continue to progress politically, socially and economically, American settlers continue to migrate west. To settlers the west meant new land and opportunities and as these opportunities became available the demand for slaves grew. However, the North became significantly less dependent on slavery as they transformed into an industrialized region causing them to question the need and humanity of slavery. The North was afraid that the South would force its ethical and moral beliefs upon the entire Union. These fears were realized when the expansion of slavery into western territories entered Congressional debates.
In reading Thomas Jefferson’s viewpoints in the Prologue, Oates has him discuss why expansion was one of the main areas of contention between the two sides. Jefferson’s perspective encompasses this main idea using the early expanse movement of the Louisiana Purchase and the Missouri

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