Overview Union flag In the presidential electionRepublicansled by Abraham Lincolnsupported banning slavery in all the U.
Economic Issues[ edit ] Abraham Lincoln Slavery was the major cause of the American Civil War, with the South seceding to form a new country to protect slavery, and the North refusing to allow that. Historians generally agree that other economic conflicts were not a major cause of the war.
Economic historian Lee A. Craig reports, "In fact, numerous studies by economic historians the past several decades reveal that economic conflict was not an inherent condition of North-South relations during the antebellum era and did not cause the Civil War. They traded with each other and each became more prosperous by staying in the Union, a point many businessmen made in — Beard in the s made a highly influential argument to the effect that these differences caused the war rather than slavery or constitutional debates.
He saw the industrial Northeast forming a coalition with the agrarian Midwest against the Plantation South. Critics pointed out that his image of a unified Northeast was incorrect because the region was highly diverse with many different competing economic interests.
In —61, most business interests in the Northeast opposed war. Afteronly a few mainstream historians accepted the Beard interpretation, though it was accepted by libertarian economists.
Controversy over whether slavery was at the root of the tariff issue dates back at least as far as the Lincoln-Douglas debates of Calhounwho led South Carolina's attempt to nullify a tariff, supported tariffs and internal improvements at first, but came to oppose them in the s as sectional tensions between North and South grew along with the increasingly sectional nature of slavery.
Calhoun was a plantation owner who helped develop the positive good theory of slavery. However, Rhett was also a slavery extremist who wanted the Constitution of the Confederacy to legalize the African Slave Trade.
Senate to keep the tariff low after The tariff was much lower by By contrast, Southerners described free labor as "greasy mechanics, filthy operators, small-fisted farmers, and moonstruck theorists". Indeed, opposition to homestead laws was far more common in secessionist rhetoric than opposition to tariffs.
It operated across the former slave states Proposals were made to seize Confederate property and give land " Forty acres and a mule " to freedmen, but Congress never approved. Whether the federal government was supposed to have substantial powers or whether it was merely a voluntary federation of sovereign states added to the controversy.
According to historian Kenneth M. Stamppeach section used states' rights arguments when convenient, and shifted positions when convenient. Stampp said that Stephens became one of the most ardent defenders of the Lost Cause. Davis also mentioned inconsistencies in Southern states' rights arguments.
He explained the Confederate Constitution's protection of slavery at the national level as follows: To the old Union they had said that the Federal power had no authority to interfere with slavery issues in a state.
To their new nation they would declare that the state had no power to interfere with a federal protection of slavery. Of all the many testimonials to the fact that slavery, and not states rights, really lay at the heart of their movement, this was the most eloquent of all.
Southerners argued that the federal government was strictly limited and could not abridge the rights of states as reserved in the Tenth Amendmentand so had no power to prevent slaves from being carried into new territories. States' rights advocates also cited the fugitive slave clause to demand federal jurisdiction over slaves who escaped into the North.
Anti-slavery forces took reversed stances on these issues. The fugitive slave clause in the Constitution was the result of compromises between North and South when the Constitution was written.
It was later strengthened by the fugitive slave law that was part of the Compromises of The Southern politician and states' rights advocate John C.
Calhoun regarded the territories as the "common property" of sovereign states, and said that Congress was acting merely as the "joint agents" of the states. Southerners were acting as a "conscious minority", and hoped that a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution would limit federal power over the states, and that a defense of states' rights against federal encroachments or even nullification or secession would save the South.
The North's growing population would mean the election of pro-North presidents, and the addition of free-soil states would end Southern parity with the North in the Senate. Calhoun 's theory of states' rights, "Governments, observed Calhoun, were formed to protect minorities, for majorities could take care of themselves".
Keitt of South Carolina said, "The anti-slavery party contend that slavery is wrong in itself, and the Government is a consolidated national democracy. We of the South contend that slavery is right, and that this is a confederate Republic of sovereign States.
Southerners such as Davis interpreted these rights as a shield against a numerical majority of Northerners.Oct 02, · The American Civil War, Part II. The nation is deeply divided, with each side seeing the other as “the enemy.”. The American Civil War was the largest and most destructive conflict in the Western world between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in and the onset of World War I in The Civil War started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states.
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