Essay on The Movement Of The Civil War

1731 Words Nov 21st, 2015 7 Pages
The Civil War started on April 12, 1861 and ended on April 9, 1865. The war was started when southern states seceded from the union after the election of Abraham Lincoln. There were many movements before the Civil War that were considered significant. There are four that were especially significant during the pre-Civil War period, which include the Nativist Movement, the Temperance Movement, the Manifest Destiny Movement, and the Abolition Movement. The Nativist Movement was a movement made by Americans who feared and thought that that they were going to ruin the “distinctive features of the majority culture.”(Nativism) This movement started in the 1820’s, when more than a quarter million Irish, who were mostly Catholic, immigrated into America. At this time the majority of white Americans were members of Protestant Christians and were highly against Catholics. A political party, known as the Know-Nothing Party, was created and lead by Lewis Charles Levin, an anti-Catholic social activist. The party was created because of the disliked for these immigrants and their religion. The people of the party feared the Catholics because the members of the faith followed the teachings of the Pope. The more radical members of the Know-Nothing Party believed that “the Catholics intended to take over the United States of America” (Know-Nothing Party) and then put the nation under the rule of the Pope. The party intended to prevent the immigrants from becoming elected to political offices…

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