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Some historians argue that slavery was the primary cause of the American Civil War. As Robert E. Lee said, “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil in any country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages.” I believe the statement that slavery was the primary cause of the American Civil War is true, because slavery was very controversial and became the symbol of disunion. First of all, in document A, Senator John C. Calhoun states, “I have, Senators, believed from the first that the agitation of the subject of slavery would, if not prevented by some timely and effective measure, end in disunion.” Senator John C. Calhoun also states, “The agitation has been permitted to proceed, with almost no attempt to resist it, until it has reached a period when it …show more content…
Last of all, in document C, William Walker states, “The contest between the free and slave labor in the United states not only touches the interest and destiny of those immediately engaged in the struggle but it affects the fate of the whole continent.” This quote means that struggle between the pro slavery and the anti slavery forces would ultimately affect all of United States and its people. Document D shows a map of what the result of the Crittenden Compromise of 1860 would have been if passed. The crittenden compromise was proposed by Senator John Crittenden, as the final effort to avert the Civil

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