The War Of The American Civil War

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Slavery may have been established as the catalyst of the American Civil War, but the beginning of the dispute began in the time of the Revolution with a weak decentralized government under the Articles of Confederation. Later gained momentum as territorial expansion set Americans against each other on debating whether the new states should be slave states or free states, it questioned the power of the Federal government regarding state rights, and brought about instability in the unity of the United States as a nation. The conflict of the American Civil War began with states’ rights being taken away and flourished with the decision on whether slavery should spread westward, or be equally distributed not only in the Louisiana Purchase territory, but in the rest of the westward territory.
The American Revolution gave birth to two groups, those who argued for greater state rights and those who thought the government was too weak and decentralized. The thirteen states created a loose confederation with a weak feral government under the Articles of Confederation. This weakness that was expressed in the Articles caused the leaders of the time to come together and create the United States Constitution. Strong supporters of state rights like Thomas Jefferson, felt that the proposed constitution ignored state rights. This brought about the idea of nullification, but the federal government denied it. When nullification failed and the states felts like they were not being respected,…

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