Causation of Civil War

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Kevin Joseph


Br. John Vietoris

Civil War and Reconstruction

Inevitability and Causation of The American Civil War

The Civil War was one of the major missteps that America has taken in its history. Usually when a country wins a war there is a feeling of triumph and a sense of nationalism flocks the country. The country that wins the war has a high feeling of morale defeating the other country and it makes a case of being a bigger power in the world. This was not the case during the Civil War in which America was fighting against America. This war would not pull America up as a major world power if either side won. Could this horrific war have been avoided or was it inevitable? In this paper an analysis is taking by different historians on if the Civil War could have been averted or if that it was irrepressible.

These articles will be analyzed, compared, and contrasted on the question of whether the Civil War was inevitable. The second part of the paper deals with what caused the Civil War. Historians are divided into three schools of thought: a political school, economic-social school, and cultural-ideological factors that caused the American Civil War. These schools of thought will be compared and contrasted within each school and between the three schools of thought. Finally what mainly caused the Civil War will be given.

The Civil War Historians Charles and Mary Beard, talk about how the Civil War was an irrepressible conflict mainly due to the economic differences between the North and the South. The North as a majority was full of growing and prosperous industries while the South was mostly an agrarian society. The North and South faced the problem of being two completely different regions making up...