The Root Cause Of The American Civil War

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Historians regard the American Civil War as an inevitable outcome as a result of conflicting ideologies of the Confederate States and the Union, by which Abraham Lincoln sparked debate in his 1858 House Divided Speech declaring: ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand.’ The division came as a result of Lincoln’s presidency in 1860 as eleven southern states seceded from the United States, stimulating the outbreak of war in 1861. Progressive Historians, such as Charles and Mary Bead believed that the American Civil War was a result of the conflict between the two economic ideologies whereas 19th Century Historian, James Rhodes believed that the issue of slavery divided the North and the South making the war unstoppable. Whether or not slavery was a real root cause will be debated further, with the additional attributes of …show more content…
The key aspect disputed between historians is the issue of slavery as a key real root cause of the American Civil War. The beginning of the 17th Century sparked rivalry between the North and South over the position of slavery; the North wanted it and the South wanted to abolish it. It was common that both sides would argue over the position of slaves within America. In 1820, the Missouri Compromise was a key event in the lead up to the American Civil War. Slavery played a pivotal role in the division of the Confederate States and the Union. The Missouri Compromise was the first confrontation over slavery in the West, where Missouri applied as a slave state, and as a result of this if it would have passed it would have upset the balance in the Senate, as in the period there

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