Slavery And Religion: The Main Causes Of The American Civil War

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Regardless of the other atrocities caused by religion, slavery is the most atrocious act that the United States of America has ever practiced because of religion. Although the act is now abhorred by the American population, it was one the most historically important stepping stones that made the United States the country it is today. The parts that slavery and religion, namely Christianity, play are historically important on an enormous scale due to Christianity endorsing slavery, slavery was the main cause of the American Civil War, and it gave a reason for the beginning of true Civil Rights after the end of the Civil War. Historically there have always been slavery, but there has never been such an endorsement for it before Christianity. …show more content…
The act of slavery drew a wedge between the American people, dividing the country between the North and South causing the Civil War. Although many acts for slavery brewed the storm that lead to the American Civil War. One such act was the Wilmot Proviso. On August 8, 1846 David Wilmot, a Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania, endorsed the annexation of Texas as a slave state. The Wilmot Proviso poked an issue that had been festering since the temporary solution, the Missouri Compromise of 1819-1821. Although the Proviso was withheld through President James K. Polk convincing Wilmot, it had already stoked the fire provoking secession and the Civil War. Another act against slavery that contributed to the Civil War was the Compromise of 1850’s Fugitive Slave Act. The Fugitive Slave Act allowed slave catchers to kidnap liberated blacks from ‘free’ states and deny the alleged fugitive’s right for a trial by jury. In addition to slave catchers, Federal Marshal could force citizens to participate in the hunting and capturing of runaways. Citizens who violated the Federal Marshals command would be fined $1,000 and imprisoned up to six months. The Fugitive Slave Act caused many people to rise up against it, such as a mob in October 1850 who were only stopped by military force. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote out his astonishment of the Act and the audacity of those who wrote and follow it, stating “This filthy enactment was made in the nineteenth century, by people who could read and write,” (Tindall 614). Multiple other situations contributed to the launch of the Civil War, such as the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the “Bleeding Kansas” debacle, the Pottawatomie Massacre, Dred Scott v. Sandford case, and Lincoln’s Election. Until on April 1861, the Civil War officially broke out with the fall of Fort

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