What Were The Causes Of The Civil War Essay

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Nick Groos
Professor O 'Shea
AMH 2010 U.S. History
6 November 2015
The Causes of the Civil War Like many topics you have two different sides that see an event differently and the Civil War is no different than any other event. You have supporters of the Confederate States of America (those that support the South) and you also have Union supporters(those who support the North). The Confederate supporters don’t see slavery as a primary cause or even a cause of the Civil War and you have Union supporters that support that slavery was the primary and only cause of the Civil War. Confederate supporters cite the reasons for the Civil War as the Lincoln election, States vs. Federal rights, nullification crisis, economic differences, and tariffs.
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These tariffs were the Morrill Tariff, the tariff of 1842, and the tariff of abominations in 1828. One of the most noticeable differences between the south and the north was their economies. The south main economic source was from agriculture where as the north was very diverse and advanced and a large part of their economy was based on an industrial system. This contributed to the war because the south used slaves as a way of labor and the north disapproved of this. Many northerners feared that slavery would expand into northern states and they would lose their jobs to slaves. They also feared if the slaves were freed they would have competition for their jobs and potentially loose them. A simple solution would have been to follow the Missouri compromise however as the nation grew slavery would expand west into new states which was against Republicans goal. The Republicans wanted to stop the expansion of slavery and if they followed the compromise then slavery would be …show more content…
In the beginning of the war the material advantages of the north were not as beneficial as they were later on in the war. "The South was for the most part, fighting a defensive war on its own land and thus had the advantage of local support and familiarity with the territory"(Brinkley 368). This meant that the north only had an advantage in size and most of the material advantage they had didn’t matter since they were fighting on the south 's

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