Causes of the Civil War

Causes of the Civil War - C. Ideology 1. Material interests...

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Causes of the Civil War I. Historical interpretations A. “irrepressible conflict” – the civil war was inevitable 1. Moral – slavery 2. Economic – “industrial” vs. “agrarian” 3. Modernization – north was modernizing as opposed to the south wasn’t B. “Blundering Generation” 1. Politicians’ War – were to ideological, abolitionists made north too radical 2. “new political history” – Americas really didn’t care about issues were more concerned about local and state issues : railroad development, prohibition, Catholicism
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Unformatted text preview: C. Ideology 1. Material interests 2. Cultural conflicts 3. Role of politicians II. Causes (levels) A. Long (possible) 1. Slavery 2. Constitutional vagueness B. Middle (likely) 1. Westward expansion 2. Polarizing Events : a. Mexican war (1845-48) b. Fugitive slave law (1850) c. “Bleeding Kansas” (1854-58) d. Dred Scott decision (1857) e. John Brown’s raid (1859) 3. Ideologies: Slave Power Conspiracy vs. Black Republicans III.Short (immediate) A. Election of Lincoln – secession (1860-61) B. Fort Sumter – war (1861)...
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2009 for the course HIS 265 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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