The War Of The Civil War Essay

794 Words Feb 16th, 2016 4 Pages
The American Civil War, the bloodiest war in American history, was caused by political issues, military actions, and social and economic reasons between the Union (North) and the Confederacy (South). Specifically, slavery can be seen as the direct cause of the Civil War. David Goldfield, American historian, wrote “Both northerners and southerners recognized slavery as the immediate cause of the civil war.” On April 12, 1861, the Battle of Fort Sumter sparked the Civil War when Confederate General Pierre Beauregard opened fire on the base. After the battle, both North and South supported further military action, this caused the Civil War to ignite. Before the Southern states seceded, the North and the South both feared that for every new state that was added to the U.S. would ruin the balance in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. The belief of Manifest Destiny was more powerful than ever after the Mexican American War. The South was glad that the United States won the Mexican American War because the southern part of the U.S. expanded westward due to the Mexican Cession. The South would be able to expand their practice of slavery and the Northerners were petrified. Abraham Lincoln did not want to interfere with the slavery already implemented in the southern states, he wanted to halt the expansion of slavery in the new territories gained via the Mexican Cession. The annexation of Texas into the U.S. caused an imbalance in Congress because Texas would allow the…

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