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Civil War Essay

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Civil War Essay The Civil War, from 1861 to 1865, was a civil war in the United States of America. It was fought between the Confederacy and the Union; the slave states versus the free states and border slaves states respectively. Although territorial expansion was one of the main causes of the Civil War, it was not the sole main cause. Slavery also played a role in causing tension and eventually catalyzing the Civil War. Overall, slavery was the greater of the two causes of the Civil War. One of the main causes of the Civil War was the threat of territorial expansion. ...read more.

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One sign of trouble was when Missouri wanted to become a slave state. This raised a heated debate amongst the states. The Missouri Compromise in 1820 eventually allowed Missouri to become a slave state, but Massachusetts was split into a smaller Massachusetts and Maine to keep the balance between the slave and free states. If more land was dedicated to the South, then they would have more power in the Senate because of the slaves counting as three-fifths of a person, giving the South greater representation. Territorial expansion meant a political war of power between the North and the South. ...read more.

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The slave population at the time generally outnumbered the white population at least two to one in most areas. This was a reasonable fear the white South possessed. The Civil War ultimately devastated the South, both physically and economically. Although territorial expansion was one of the main causes of the Civil War, it was not the sole main cause. Slavery also played a role in causing tension and eventually catalyzing the Civil War. It can be reasonably assumed that most issues between the North and the South stemmed from slavery. Overall, slavery was the root of the causes of the Civil War, but not the main cause. ...read more.

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