Causes of the Civil War

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During 1851-1865, the Civil War took place lasting four years. It was a war among the American people; specifically the southern states against the northern states. The southern states were known as the Confederate States of America and their leader was Jefferson Davis. On the other hand, the North had kept the name of the United States of America and was also known as the Union and was led by Abraham Lincoln. Although most people mainly associate the Civil War having to do with slavery, there were also many other causes which had led to this war. Some of the main causes of the civil war include the different goals of the North and the South, the North’s desire to control the South, and the issue of Slavery. The industry of the North began to dominate the economy, but the South was still reliant on agriculture.

Inevitably, there were many differences between the North and the South which included political and economical differences. In contrast, the North focused on expanding in the industrial and commercial side while the South was more depended in agriculture. Southern states only produced manufactured goods for consumption and the North was capable of exporting their manufactured goods. Because of the economical differences, the South found that the taxes and tariffs were unfair to them because they mostly favored the North. The Tariff act of 1832 put very high import feeds on manufactured goods which was made to protect the industries of the North. Upset with this act, the South threatened to secede from the Union. In addition, railroads were being built in the North which gave the North more easier transportation that that of the South. This allowed the North to trade with the West while the South was only able to trade by seas. The North and the South also had political differences with the North having more of an advantage over the South. Because the North was more populated than the South, they had more power in the House of Representatives. Since the...
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