Pre-War Tension (Civil War)

Topics: American Civil War, Slavery in the United States, Confederate States of America / Pages: 3 (936 words) / Published: Oct 27th, 2014
Statement: Explain how this event was an example of the added ‘pre-war tension’ between the North and the South...
Tariff of Abominations
Western Territories
Lincoln-Douglas Debates

I see the Civil War as a big family dispute divided by different interests, attitudes, and overall lifestyles. The Union was disputing between the Northern and Southern states because of their different views on how they wanted their country to be like. But before the Civil War, there were events that took place that started to pull the Union apart leading to the overall outcome of a national epidemic. These events created a division within the Union, turning brother against brother. John Brown predicted a war by making a statement before his execution after he raided Harpers Ferry, saying: “I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood.”
Going way back into the early 1800’s, a tariff was implemented to help grow the Unions Industrial Revolution. The Tariff of 1828 main goal was to protect industries in the Northern states which were being driven out of business by low-priced imported goods from Britain. Congress’ solution was to set a high tax on these imported goods which the South was harmed by having to pay higher prices on goods they didn’t produce. Also, reducing the exportation of British goods to the Union made it difficult for Britain to pay for the cotton they imported from the South.The reaction in the South, primarily from South Carolina, would lead to the Nullification Crisis. The South disagreed with the tariff so much, they named it the Tariff of Abominations because of how horrible they felt it treated their economy. This tariff favored the North because of the industrious progress the Union wanted to achieve and because the South now only could trade with the North which cut their profit in half since they weren’t trading with Britain anymore.
I feel that this tariff created slavery because

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