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Prompt 1 : Evaluate the extent to which debates over slavery in the period from 1830 to 1860 led to the United States Civil War In the period from 1830 to 1860, there were many causes that inevitably led to the United States Civil War. One particular cause was the Compromise of 1850. However, the Nebraska-Kansas Act and Bleeding Kansas further prompted the conflict until it reached the breaking point with President Lincoln’s election that triggered the Southern secession and war. Slavery first began in the colonies when Native American laborers began to die due to exposure to diseases. Purchased enslaved Africans became the primary labor source, usually for plantations. Slaves were mainly used for agricultural reasons and crucial to the South’s economy. Defenders of slaver often argued that slavery was a necessary evil and that the end of the slave economy would have a negative economic impact in the South where reliance on slave labor was the foundation of their economy. This argument was further exercised during debates when the creation of the cotton gin increased demand for both land and labor. Up until 1830, compromises such as the Missouri Compromise and Three-Fifths Compromise temporarily quieted the frustrations over the issues of slavery. Following 1830, with the growing abolition movement

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