The North And The South

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The North and the South had a growing tension between them for many reasons, and the northern abolitionists encouraged a Civil War through their actions of protest. Abolitionists foresaw a Civil War because the growing tensions between the North and the South became apparent in political and social changes, slavery issues, and the growing occurrence of rebellions. Political and social changes occurred in many ways. One example of a social change includes The Second Great Awakening. As a result, the massive religious movement caused a numerous amount of reform movements such as abolitionism, public education, and the temperance movement (Puzan). Abolitionists realized that slaves were not to be treated like animals, and voiced this concept strongly. William Lloyd Garrison, an influential abolitionist and author of a newspaper called The Liberator, expressed his opinion about the evils of humanity and slavery through these papers (Puzan). In one of Garrison’s poems, Sonnet to Liberty, he wrote, “I may not plead for all the human race; that some are born to bondage and disgrace, some to a heritage of woe and shame,” strongly believing that all men should be treated the same (Garrison). Garrison’s persuasion caused more commotion throughout the country over slavery, because he believed that slaves were equal to whites. The Second Great Awakening led to the Civil War, because the amount of citizens against slavery increased and divided the people of the North and the South. A…

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