What were the real causes of the American Civil War?
The scholars immediately disagreed over the causes of the war and disagreement persists today. Many maintain that the primary cause of the war was the Southern states' desire to preserve the institution of slavery. Others minimize slavery and point to other factors, such as taxation or the principle of States' Rights.
A common explanation is that the Civil War was fought over the moral issue of slavery. In fact, it was the economics of slavery and political control of that system that was central to the conflict.
- Below we will discuss some of these differences and how they created a divide between the North and the South that eventually caused the Civil War.
- Industry vs. Farming.
- States' Rights. The idea of states' rights was not new to the Civil War.
- Bleeding Kansas.
- Abraham Lincoln.
- Trigger Events of the Civil War
- 1820. | The Missouri Compromise.
- 1831. | Nat Turner's Rebellion.
- 1846 - 1850. | The Wilmot Proviso.
- 1850. | The Compromise of 1850.
- 1852. | Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- 1854 - 1861. | Bleeding Kansas.
- 1857. | Dred Scott v. Sanford.
- 1859. | John Brown's Raid.
- With Smith's surrender, the last Confederate army ceased to exist, bringing a formal end to the bloodiest four years in U.S. history. The American Civil War began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate shore batteries under General Pierre G.T.
Updated: 21st September 2018