Why the civil war took place

Essay by thugtildaendHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 2002

download word file, 2 pages 4.1 8 reviews

Downloaded 553 times

There were many factors involved in the occurrence of the Civil War. The main and immediate cause of the war was slavery. Southern states, including the 11 states that formed the Confederacy, depended on slavery to push their economy. By 1860 the North and South had become two different regions, differing socially, economically, and politically on their views. More directly it was situations such as the inclusion of Missouri that caused the war to begin.

The new additions to the union caused many problems for the union. The Missouri Compromise was passed; this compromise admitted Missouri to the Union as a slave state and admitted Maine as a free state to keep the balance in the Senate. It also provided that slavery would be excluded from the still unorganized part of the Louisiana Territory. A line was drawn from Missouri?s southern border (36°30?) and slavery would not be allowed in the territory north of that line, with the exception of Missouri.

The gains of the Mexican War also raised the issue of balance within the Senate. The Compromise of 1850 ended this problem by admitting California as a free state and letting the territorial governments in the remainder of the Mexican cession choose whether they would permit slavery.

Many actions led to the break out of war in colonial America. The release of ?Uncle Tom?s Cabin? cause many to feel antislavery was the way to go. The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise and provided that settlers in the territories should decide ?all questions pertaining to slavery.? This doctrine was known as popular sovereignty. The Kansas-Nebraska act rooted the formation of the Republican Party which Abraham Lincoln was a supporter of. The Dred Scott case was when a slave sued for his freedom on the grounds that when his master...