What Really Caused the Civil War?
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The paper discusses how the people of the Confederacy saw state's rights as the true cause of the outbreak of the Civil War, for if their rights were taken away by the federal government, then the political power and influence of the South would vanish and they would have to give up their slaves. The paper then discusses how most Americans living in the North considered the institution of slavery as a highly immoral and racially-based system that utilized slave labor for financial gain, and when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation it became clear that the basis of the Civil War was to end slavery in the United States. The paper concludes by highlighting the pure selfishness and self-glorification of the Southerners who believed that abolitionists were attacking their way of life and taking away their rights to own slaves.
From the Paper:"As to the issue of slavery being the actual cause of the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, most Americans living in the North in such states as Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York, and those with solid connections with a number of anti-slavery movements, considered the institution of slavery as a highly immoral and racially-based system that utilized slave labor for financial gain and for the spread of anti-abolitionist propaganda throughout the North. In other words, a majority of white Americans living in the North sensed that something terrible was lingering in the air, a sense that the issue of slavery in the South would eventually culminate in some type of conflict which would inevitably cause the South to collapse under the weight of its own flagrant disregard for the rights of all Americans, especially African-Americans.
"For the most part, the burning and highly-controversial problem of slavery in the Confederate South came to a head when President Abraham Lincoln introduced his Emancipation Proclamation in early 1863 which in essence made slavery in the United States null and void, meaning that all slaves within the boundaries of the U.S. were set free to pursue their own lives as citizens on an equal footing with white Americans. As might be suspected, when the principles of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached the ears of Southern politicians and wealthy plantation owners, it set off a storm of protest, mostly because the proclamation made slavery illegal, thus forcing slave owners to abandon their "property.""
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Causes of the Civil War." 2009. Internet. Retrieved May 25, 2009 fromhttp://www.ket.org/civilwar/causes.html.
- Horwitz, Tony. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches From the Unfinished Civil War.New York: Random House, 2002.
- Taylor, Alan. American Colonies. New York: Penguin Group, 2003.
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