Essay on Cause Of The Civil War On America

1046 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Causes of the Civil War In the mid 1800s, tensions were brewing between the Northern states and the Southern states due in part by the unjust treatment of slaves, which led to a full on Civil War in 1861, just as Abraham Lincoln was being sworn in as president. Stemming from slavery, there were many key events, with large significance behind them, that caused incessant bickering between the northern abolitionists and the pro-slavery southerners that resulted in a divided union. Tensions started to build drastically after the Fugitive Slave Act was introduced by Congress as part of the Compromise of 1850. In addition, the outcome of the Dred Scott v. Sandford case angered many people causing the northerners to desire to ban slavery everywhere as quick as possible. Then a short twelve years later, the south began to secede from the Union which was the final blow that resulted in the Civil War. The Fugitive Slave Act, the Dred Scott v. Sandford case, and the secession of the south from the Union, all brought on due to reasons such as the desire for expansion of territories, slavery, and states rights, were all significant events that led to the start of the American Civil War on April 12, 1861. In an attempt to please the south and avoid a possible war, Congress decided to pass the Fugitive Slave Act as part of the Compromise of 1850. The act “created a new set of federal agents to help track runaway slaves and required authorities in the North to assist Southern slave…

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