The Origins Of The Civil War Essay

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The origins of the Civil War are numerous and complex ranging from sectional differences, political and economic differences and most importantly the issue of slavery. Slavery would be the underlying problem in all of these causes. The impact of slavery would strain the country from the birth of the Constitution to the final contentious election of Abraham Lincoln. There were hopes with the writers of the Constitution that slavery would die on its own. This would not happen the growth of cotton production following the invention of the cotton gin. The framers of the Constitution struggled with the issue of slavery. The 3/5ths compromise and the fugitive slave law were introduced into the Constitution to placate the sectional differences between the North and the South. This would give the South a larger portion of control in Washington due to the counting of slaves as part of the population of the South. This significance of this cannot be overstated. As the nation expanded the slave holding states would want to maintain their political power in Congress by introducing slavery into newly acquired territories. They also desired new territory due to fears soil depletion due to intense cotton production. This would cause trouble until the outbreak of the Civil War. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 was the first attempt to solve the slavery issue over how to expand slavery in the new territory gained from the Louisiana Purchase. It stated that Slavery would be limited to…

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