Civil War Causes
John Brown’s Raid vs. Industrial Revolution
John Brown’s Raid was a more influential cause to the civil war than the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution caused incompability between the North and the South. The North relied on wage laborers with the new machine age economy while the South relied heavily on slaves. So, the North did not need slaves for their economy and fought to free the slaves. The South fought to in order to keep their cotton production going (Causing the Civil War). However, John Brown’s Raid created a more emotional response in the country. Brown gathered followers to seize arsenal at Harper Ferry, Virginia, and was captured and killed. He became a martyr and symbol of strength and hope for the abolitionists. It also made the South more defensive on slavery as the abolitionists began to become more powerful and stand up.
Compromise of 1850 vs Racism The Compromise of 1850 included the Fugitive Slave Act which stated that any runaway slaves be returned to their owners. However, this was extremely controversial and many African Americans who were not slaved were captured and convicted and had no way of defending themselves. It was a more influential cause because it allowed Northerners who were indifferent to slavery more hostile and were able to see the unfair treatment firsthand (Appleby). Racism was a huge issue but it occurred in the North just as much as the South. The North opposed slavery, but there was still discrimination against African Americans. The compromise changed peoples views on slavery and angered abolitionists to be more passionate about the controversial issue and voice their opinions more.
King Cotton vs Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe was influenced by the Fugitive Slave Act to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The North was able to further understand how badly the
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