Causes Of Civil War


In 1860, arguably the world's greatest nation was locked in Civil War. The war divided the country between the North (Union) and South (Confederate). The war lasted five years and by 1865 the Confederate forced were truly beaten. Out of this horrendous war though, where some 600,000 men died grew a greater sense of nationalism than is today, unrivalled around the world. The American Civil War is interpreted differently by many historians but most see the catalyst as slavery, the motivation as economic, the outcome was unified national identity.
Slavery was a major issue that triggered the American Civil War. Slavery started out, as a few individual slaves coming from England that were ...

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South relied strongly on the slave trade and when the North spoke of abolishing it, the South spoke of forming their own country, The Confederate States of America. The South began to see that the North was going to take action against the South's inhumane slave policy. In early 1860, South Carolina formed under a new flag, Confederate States of America flag, so that they could continue to operate their slave trade. What followed was an ordinance of succession which saw the other slave populated states also swear an oath to the Confederate States of America, also so that they could continue their slave trade. This situation was found to be unworkable and it divided the country in two. So in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "a house divide against itself can not stand. I believe this country can not endure permanently half-slave, half-free." Slavery formed two opposing societies and could not have been abolished with out the Civil War.
The North was very industrialized and had a ...

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