Unformatted text preview: a. Northern abolitionists and southern “fire-eaters” generated hatreds and passions which made a rational settlement of sectional differences impossible. This was further complicated by incompetent politicians of both regions who could not find an acceptable compromise to both northerners and southerners. 5. The Right and Wrong of Slavery a. Slavery was the single most important cause of the Civil War. Northerners felt a moral urgency to abolish slavery while southerners fought to hold on to the cornerstone of their civilization and way of life. 6. Conflict of Cultures a. The Civil War resulted from two distinct and antagonistic cultures. The North was a bustling, restless section of men and women who believed in progress, growth and intellectual ferment, while the south was semi-backwards and out of harmony with nineteenth century ideals. However, the south viewed the north as a “hotbed” of “isms,” feminism, abolitionism, som, etc....
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- Fall '05
- Civil War, American Civil War, legitimate political authority, States Rights, disguised economic selfinterests, nineteenth century ideals