Sectionalism Research Paper

Good Essays
Bryan Acosta
HIST 1301
April 11, 2017
Slavery and the Growth of Sectionalism To be a slave is to be owned by another person. Sectionalism can be defined as the devotion to just one certain region, rather than the nation as a whole. These two powerful words go hand-in-hand when looking back on American history during the 1800s. There was a time when the United States (U.S.) was divided into two separate sections because of the different points of views towards slavery; southerners supported slavery, while the northerners opposed it. This sectional issue created several problems throughout the U.S. and caused a division that would last for decades. As American colonists began to settle in the “New World”, sugar and tobacco plantations were
…show more content…
Therefore, the northerners began to develop an abolition movement, which was an effort to remove slavery. In agreement with the Abolition Project, “The early abolitionists were mainly motivated by religious beliefs”. The first religious group to bring about the idea of anti-slavery is known as the Quakers. As the Quakers expressed their ideas of anti-slavery, other abolitionists decided to rise and stand up for the slave’s rights, which include James Ramsey and Granville Sharp. These two gentlemen were able to observe the harsh reality of slavery on a first-hand basis; Ramsey was a doctor on one of the slave ships and Sharp spoke to an injured salve. The two shared their experiences and their ideas, which led to them becoming campaigners against slavery. Another reason why the North was against slavery was due to the fact that they were advancing in the industrial revolution, while the South continued to rely on agriculture. Obviously, the South was in need of human labor while the North was not because of the new machines that were making the jobs easier for …show more content…
This war was an internal conflict fought in the U. S. which was a battle between the Union (North) and the Confederate States (South). When President Abraham Lincoln was elected, the South decided to secede from the Union and create the Confederate States of America. After four years of battle, the Confederate States decided to surrender. Even though the Civil War was the beginning of the end of slavery, America still faces many challenges today with discrimination. The sectional issue that was once the cause of a Civil War still continues in today’s society which is bringing up a lot of issues. Will history repeat itself?
References
"Sectionalism and Slavery | CourseNotes."Sectionalism and Slavery | CourseNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2017. http://www.course-notes.org/us_history/unit_notes/unit_four_1800_1840/sectionalism_and_slavery

"Slavery and Sectionalism."Slavery and Sectionalism < Sectional Conflict < History 1994 < American History From Revolution To Reconstruction and beyond. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2017.

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Luders, A, et.al. (ed), The Ordinance of labourers, 18 June 1349, in Rosemary Horrox (ed). The Black Death. New York: Manchester University, 1994 10. “Medieval Life.” Medieval Life and Times.info.…

    • 2164 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    From 1861 to 1865 America was in a state of civil war, with many southern states attempting to succeed and become their own nations. This war was caused by a variety of issues, slavery foremost amongst them. Many other factors that contributed to the outbreak of war within American states were directly or indirectly related to slavery, such as the election of Abraham Lincoln – who was an abolitionist, loss of states’ rights if slavery was outlawed throughout the nation – and a lack of ability of states to choose their way of life. The large abolitionist movement in the north was another factoring leading to civil war, another factor caused by slavery and the status of African Americans. Slavery in America started in the early 17th century,…

    • 793 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Civil War Social Changes

    • 759 Words
    • 4 Pages

    The fight between the North and the South began with social, economic, and political differences, but eventually evolved into what is known to be the Civil War. The war made significant political and social changes in American history and shaped the place we live in today. America was undergoing political, economic, and social changes during 1840s and 1850s that fueled sectionalism which contributed in starting the war. Writers and artists manifested these changes into their writings and arts, and politicians used these changes as a motivation to fight for their beliefs. Even with the countless differences between the North and the South, the concept of slavery is the underlying factor that contributed to the start of the war.…

    • 759 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Radical Abolitions

    • 821 Words
    • 4 Pages

    The United States in the mid-19th century was as divided as ever. Conflict between anti- slavery North and pro-slavery South arose due to new states forming and whether slavery would be implemented into these new states. There was also division inside these two groups, more specifically, the Anti Slavery North. The Abolitionists were divided into two groups, the Radical Abolitionists, headlined by Frederick Douglas and William Lloyd Garrison, and the Anti-Slavery Republicans, headlined by Abraham Lincoln. The book, The Radical and the Republican, by James Oakes focuses on the impact that Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln had on each other through their different views which led to the abolition of slavery.…

    • 821 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Retrieved May 19, 2009, from Smith, Robert C. “Slavery” Encyclopedia of African-American History Online. Facts on File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp. Accessed April 25, 2009. Sylvester, Melvin. Black History Month.…

    • 1356 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Abraham Lincoln gave the famous Gettysburg Address, establishing a “new birth of freedom” for slaves (Abraham Lincoln 1863). The significance of slavery’s role in the war became even more prominent after the Gettysburg Address. Although the riffs between sides had been settled, many southerners resented the Union. Some southerners in the deep south still hold a grudge today. The abolition of slavery forced the southerners to lose their free labor force, and much of their land to the Union.…

    • 830 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    It was slavery as a whole, they just did not agree that slavery deserved a part in the United States as a whole.This war was a significant part of America and it took place between 1860-1865 when the Southern states began to drift away from the Union. This War was a significant part of history and involved many key points which helped shaped…

    • 2436 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In Lincoln’s House Divided Speech, he enunciated that the country must either embrace slavery fully and throughout or must abolish it completely. The main reason this House Divided speech was so important in bringing about the start of the Civil War is because it led to the debates between Lincoln and Douglass—where Lincoln shared his complex opinions. These debates were not only an important trigger event to the Civil War, but the also shaped the way politicians displayed their views to the American citizens for years to come. The main argument that began the debates between Lincoln and Douglas were their opposing opinions on whether the Declaration of Independence included both African Americans and…

    • 1467 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    United States history from 1800 to 1859 was demonstrating national greatness and national unity. Yet, by 1860 North and South were so polarized that the lower South seceded immediately upon Lincoln’s election. Historians argue that divisions or sectionalism between the free and slave states led to the civil war. However, there is evidence that divisions were not limited to just the North and South, but divisions within and between political parties, and differing memories Americans felt long after the war was over. This paper discusses the political and cultural tension in America leading up to the civil war and beyond, by discussing the expansionist period of the 1840s, the compromise period of the 1850s, and how Americans dealt and interpreted the war through until the end of the nineteenth century.…

    • 1741 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Cole and A.W.Filson (London: Macmillan, 1967), 315-317 Wesley, John. "Thoughts Upon Slavery." Thoughts Upon Slavery by John Wesley (1774). Web. 17 Nov. 2016.…

    • 2079 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays