The War Of The American Civil War

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Historians have disputed over the vast majority of causes of the American Civil War for ages. While some explanations may appear easier to pinpoint, the primary underlying catalyst to the start of the war was the controversy over slavery. Though the northern and southern regions of the United States fostered contrasting views on a range of issues, they shared the common perspective of promoting Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny was the prevalent attitude that induced Americans to expand from coast to coast. This inclination sparked western expansion which prompted many internal conflicts. Though neither the north nor the south claimed slavery was the motive for the Civil War, this peculiar institution was the primary root of the nation’s eruption. The controversy for slavery’s existence in the new western territories varied among the north and the south. Both of the regions were motivated politically and economically to either eliminate or expand slavery in the western territories. Each of the northern states shared the uniform objective of stabilizing the union which consisted of 11 free states in 1850. Since the north became much more industrialized, slaves were no longer imperative to northern economic prosperity. However, the southern economy still heavily relied on slave labor. The northern states were exceptionally threatened by slave labor because it could potentially monopolize employment in the new western states. On the contrary, southern states supported the

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