The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword Essay

1270 Words Feb 11th, 2015 null Page
Edward Bulwer-Lytton started the famous saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword” in one of his playwrights. This saying has held a lot of truth through out history and is applicable in many situations. There are scholars who believe that it is especially applicable to the American Civil War. Thomas Fleming, an American military historian, argues that both the North and South had a diseased state of opinion and that, “there was a peaceful way out: that slaveowners could be compensated and the slaves released.” (Ramsey) Essentially he believes the government can use their mighty pen to free the slaves and avoid the war all together. That argument has a flaw though: the South would never accept that. Both the Union and Confederation had way too strong of opinions about the matter; there would be no way for it to be settled with a pen. The sword was completely necessary in this instance. The Missouri Compromise, Nat Turner’s Rebellion, and the Compromise of 1850 were all major events that contributed to the start of the Civil War which was inevitable because of the culture of the South and North.
To start off, the Missouri Compromise contributed to the start of the American Civil War. Although the compromise was roughly 40 years before the war started it still had quite the impact. Slavery in general caused tension in Congress and they were desperate to keep a delicate balance between slave and free states. Eric Foner in his book Give Me Liberty! wrote in regards to the…

Related Documents