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Kaytlyn Hargrave HIS164 Dr. Pierce 1-28-2011 What Caused the Civil War? Most people, when asked, would say that slavery was the cause of the Civil War. Author Edward L. Ayers explores the reasons behind the Civil War in his article. He argues that the true cause is much more complex than that. Ayers concedes that “slavery was a profound economic, political, religious, and moral problem” and yet instead of naming it as the sole reason for the Civil War he calls it the “key catalytic agent” (134, 142). Ayers presents evidence for what he calls deep contingency, asserting that many interdependent factors were key to the escalation to war. The issue of slavery was set to a background of a shifting political field and a growing partisan media along with differing yet equal levels of modernity. In the decades before the Civil War the Whig party disappeared and several other parties formed and disbanded. The two major parties became the Democrats and Republicans. “Democrats appealed to Catholics and to men who wanted the government
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course HIST 164 taught by Professor Crimm during the Spring '08 term at Sam Houston State University.

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