The Causes Of The American Civil War

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"The systematic, wanton, and long continued agitation of the slavery question, with the actual and threatened aggressions of the Northern States and a portion of their people, upon the well-defined constitutional rights of the Southern citizens; the rapid growth and increase, in all the elements of power, of a purely sectional party" A majority of people today believe that the only cause for the American Civil War was the issue of slavery. While slavery played an imperative role in the start of the Civil War, there are several other factors that pushed the North and the South against each other. The causes of the American Civil War are the different ideals of the Federal government, the different economic focuses and territorial expansion ideals, and the controversial practice of slavery. The American Civil War started/began on April 12, 1861 just a month after Abraham Lincoln was elected president (p.d.) The opposing sides of the Civil War were the North, known as the Union, and the South, known as the Confederacy. The Union was formed by states that wanted to stay with the current American government, however the Confederacy was formed by states that seceded from the American government. The Union was formed by Northern states and some Western states. The Confederacy was formed by Southern states. The famous generals of the Civil War were Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union, and Robert E. Lee, who was the main general of the Confederacy. War broke about between the

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