Less than 100 years into countryhood, the United States ditched unity to go at each other's throats. And it turns out, it wasn't just the bloodfest of the century. The Civil War remains the deadliest and most destructive of all of America's wars, with 2% of the population being wiped out: that'd be a hefty 6 to 7 million people today.
Being a downright ugly affair, you can imagine that civil war is anything but civil. It took countless uncivil simmerings to get to a deeply personal war that pitted brother against brother in a knockdown drag-out fight to protect very different ways of life.
It's a widely-held misconception that the struggle for emancipation incited half of the nation to war. It might be the simplest and most idealistic way of thinking about such a terribly violent and destructive period in American history. It only seems fitting that a union founded on the notion that "" would go to war to purge an institution justified by inequality. But that's just not true. Such moral reasoning did not pave the road to war.
For decades, historians have disagreed as to whether slavery was the single most important factor that led to the outbreak of the Civil War, or whether it had no bearing whatsoever on the conflict (eh, we wouldn't go that far). By breaking down the sorts of questions that scholars have asked over the years, we can see why such a survives. Had slavery never existed in the United States, would there have been a Civil War?
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If we can say unequivocally "no," then why—or how—did slavery matter? To what degree did slavery actually cause the American Civil War? What aspects of the institution—ideological, political, economic, religious, diplomatic, social, or racial—incited each side to wage war? What other factors may have contributed to the 1861 secession crisis, and then to the first shots fired at ?
Timeline of Events Leading to the Civil War
The secession crisis may help explain why Confederate leadership chose to use force to protest the presence of a Union fort in South Carolina, but the predicament itself doesn't give us the nitty gritty answers to the question of the war's cause.
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Clearly, the road to war that we're talking about here is complex: long, winding, and full of forks. And that's why we've dedicated an entire guide to help you navigate it. So, buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
This BrainPOP movie will teach you about the two major issues that led to the Civil War — slavery and states’ rightsWhat caused the American Civil War? It is amazing that even today, nearly 150 years after the Civil War started, there is passionate debate regarding the "cause" of the Civil War. Consider this:
Causes Of The Civil War | HistoryNetThroughout the decades, the intertwined economies of northern textile manufacturing and southern raw material production, along with a series of territorial compromises and political concessions, helped ward off disunion, and perhaps even civil war. But with time, the abolition of slave labor in the North effectively split the new nation in two, creating dangerous economic, social, and political cleavages between free states and slave states.
The Economics of the Civil WarThe inclination to depict the Civil War in this glorified manner strengthened over time until the process of converting the Civil War from hell on earth to a sacred cause systematically destroyed the anguish that the war created....
The Causes of World War I What exactly were the causes of World War IHowever, equally true is the statement: "Had there been no slavery, there would have been no war. Had there been no moral condemnation of slavery, there would have been no war." (This was made by Sydney E. Ahlstrome, in his monumental study of religion in America , Yale University Press,1972, on p. 649; it was echoed by Maj. General John B. Gordon, CSA, in his Memoirs, Chapter 1, first page)
The message here is that the reasons a nation goes to war are usually various and complicated. The American Civil War is no exception.