Slavery and Civil War
“Slavery caused the Civil War.” Defend or reject that statement. If you agree, explain what role slavery played in the section conflict that led to the Civil War. How did northerners and southerners view the institution and how did those views drive them to blows in 1861? If you disagree, explain what did cause the Civil War. What forces or events in American life (other than slavery) drive people to divide and make war?
One way to determine the cause of the Civil War, is to examine the primary sources from that period to see if any explicit causes were cited.
The Civil War began after several states seceded from the Union in late 1860 and early 1861. Each state that seceded issued an Article of Secession announcing that they were leaving the Union.
In addition, four states: Texas, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina issued additional documents, known as the Declaration of Causes, that further explained their actions. These declarations discuss two major themes: slavery and state’s rights.
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