The Civil War Was Inevitable

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The American Civil War took place from April 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865. The simple answer is yes: the Civil War was completely inevitable, but there were many events, documents and people before its beginning that certainly had a large bearing on the war itself. The most divisive political issue in the United States in the mid-1800s was the expansion of slavery, and slavery is certainly the common denominator of the events leading up to the Civil War. People from the North were abolitionists, looking to abolish slavery and see those enslaved lead more fruitful lives. It would be incorrect to say that the United States couldn’t have survived without slavery, but slaves certainly played an extremely integral role in the economy and social structure of the South, which is why Southerners may have been so opposed to abolition. The Civil War was inevitable; a result of the aftermath of such events in history as the Compromise of 1850, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott v. Sanford, and the Battle of Fort Sumner, which ultimately began the war.
The first important kick-starter to the Civil War was the Compromise of 1850. Henry Clay drafted this document in an attempt to defuse the political disarray between slave states and free states in many different ways. In summary, the document is as follows: “Resolved, that California ought to be admitted as one of the States of this Union, without an imposition in respect to the exclusion or introduction of slavery…Resolved, that…
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