Civil War Was Inevitable? Essay

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Civil War

Could the Civil War have been avoided? Lincoln says it best with the following quote. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved--I do not expect the house to fall--but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.” One would hope that war is always avoidable but history proves differently. With the evidence laid out in history books, one would believe that the war was inevitable. As humans our nature plays a big part in any war and the center of war is religion and politics, to many slavery was their religion and to others it was their politics. At the beginning of the 1850’s, the northern and southern economies and cultures already showed signs of strain and divergence. During this time, Northern states relied heavily on the manufacturing of textile to provide jobs and southern states relied on agriculture. Workers in the north were immigrants from Europe and the south used slave labor. Northern cities were becoming more prominent and considered the center for trade with more people living in the city. Plantations were so self-sufficient there was no need for many towns in the south; because of this immigrant choose not to move south for fear of competing with the slaves for work. A prominent planter, James Henry Hammond justifies their fear by stating, “whether free or slave labor…

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