The Main Causes Of The American Civil War

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There were many cause of the American Civil War that started on April 12, 1861 and lasted until May 9, 1965. Some of the causes of the Civil War would be States’ Rights, Federal Rights, and Economic and Social Differences. However, the main cause that started the American Civil War would be slavery. The Southern states felt it was part of their property rights’ to own slaves and wanted to expand slavery across the country. The Northern states felt that it was wrong for one person to own another, regardless of race, and wanted to abolish slavery in the South.

The Missouri Compromise

The fight for slavery began with The Missouri Compromise. The Missouri Compromise was created in 1820 as an attempt by the Senate
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However, in 1862, slave-owners Jonathan and Juliet Lemmon entered New York on their way home to Texas from Virginia traveling with their eight slaves unaware of this law. The slaves were promptly removed from their owners’ custody and ruled as free slaves under the New York State Law of 1841. The Lemmon’s argued that they were just passing through the state and that the United States Constitution gave them the right to travel without their property being …show more content…
This election was the final act that lead the nation into the American Civil War in April 1861. Due to Lincoln’s views on slavery and his position in the North, the South was particularly averse to Abraham Lincoln running for president. The South went so far as to keep Lincoln’s name off the ballots, so Southerners couldn’t vote for the Whig Party Leader. Lincoln’s decision to fight was based on his feelings that as president it was his sacred duty to conserve the Union at all cost, rather than being based on his feelings towards slavery. Abraham Lincoln’s election ended up being to final push that the Southern states need to make the decision to secede from the

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