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Outline13CausesoftheCivilWar

Outline13CausesoftheCivilWar - Causes of the Civil War I...

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Causes of the Civil War I. Slavery – not on the minds of Northern soldiers when war started, but clearly an issue that pervaded all of the social, political and economic causes a. Would there have been a split without slavery – no – root of all conflicts b. Conflicts existed from birth of nation II. Economic – two competing industries – industrial north vs. agrarian south – free labor vs. slave labor i. Tariff battle for almost a century – south wants low, north high 1. Believed in nullification of Congressional laws a. Goes back to Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions regarding Alien and Sedition Acts 2. South needed low tariffs because they existed on King Cotton ii. Recession of 1857 causes bigger divide III. Political a. Representation in Senate/Congress i. Every new state could ruin balance – both sides feared other side would try to mandate their society on the other federally ii. Ostend Manifesto – slavery in Cuba as well as slavery in West? – bad news b. State power vs. Federal power i.
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