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slavery a cause of the civil war?

Was slavery a cause of the civil war?? Why or why not?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Slavery was only one reason. See below.

    http://americanhistory.about.com/od/civilwarmenu/a...

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  • 1 decade ago

    The north was not taxing the south in the common sense of the word . The federal government chose to place tariffs on imported manufactured goods such as steel and textiles . Slavery was not the principal cause but it was always just below the surface . The issue of a strong federal government or a weak federal government and strong individual state governments was always a point of contention . Make no mistake about it some of the earliest states to secede were about the slavery issue . The primarily agricultural economy in the south revolved around forced slave labor . There was a mindset among some of the southern people that the black people were literally sub human and not entitled to live as free people . This attitude flew in the face of our founding documents , " All men are created equal ..." and many people in the north sought to end slavery . The excuse that many plantation owners used was " I can't get anybody to do this work so I need to have slaves to do it ." While the statement may have been somewhat true as to the low skilled field work , many slaves were doing skilled work such as carpentry, masonry, and blacksmithing . The slave economy had the effect of depressing the wages of white people in the skilled trades because they had slaves that could do those jobs for room and board and the slaves had no choice in the matter. Slavery was this utterly immoral practice that had to be addressed sooner or later and 1861 was finally the time .

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes but only in part.

    Sectional differences related to slavery and western expansion had become apparent through the 1800's. In addition, the Dred Scott case and John Brown's raid focused attention on slavery. Several compromises related to slavery (particularly the one of 1850) were ineffective to reduce tension. What really started the Civil War though was the issue of states rights. Lincoln did not believe states should be able to secede. That was the impetus for war.

    From Shmoop/Causes of the Civil War

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  • CB
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    1 decade ago

    No. Both the north and the south had slaves. The Civil War was caused because the North was putting unfair taxes on the South. The South wanted to secede and become their own nation, which they had every right to do via the constitution, but the Union wouldn't allow it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There was dissent fomenting in the south regarding the fact that the northern states had the manufacturing wherewithal to value add on to southern primary commodities and thereby generate bigger profits than the southerners themselves who argued that they underpinned the Union and they very much resented it.

    Then, as the 19th Century wore on, people around the world and consequently in the north, began to realise that slavery was inherently evil and barbaric.

    The new thinking was to do away with slavery and gradually groups of abolitionists began to form and became very politically active in the north.

    All of these things led to the southern states feeling economically and physically insecure. They feared that their slaves would rise up and kill them as the abolitionists were stirring them up and in some cases insighting them to violence. Fear fed on fear and the hostile environment that that led to was the perfect recipe for war to break out.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes because if you study American History it's mostly about how the North wanted no slavery while the South did

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  • 1 decade ago

    No not at all. slavery even only became a part of the war when abraham lincoln freed the slaves in the south, thats when it set everybody off.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes that was one of the main reason why it started

    the north side was against slavery and the south was for

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  • 1 decade ago

    No. That is a common misconception. The real cause was in fact Prince Philip. He dressed up as a southerner and declared independence from the Union.

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  • 1 decade ago

    no not at all.

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