• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Expansion of Slavery and its Role in the US Civil War

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Topic: Expansion of Slavery and its Role in the Civil War Slavery contributed as a primary cause to the American Civil War, as most of the issues that terminally justified a reason to go to conflict, were based off underlying reasons about the expansion of slavery. Slavery proves as a root cause to the war as it was directly related of most of the issues that ultimately led to conflict?even issues that weren?t concerned about the moral rectitude of slavery. Only then can we truly analyze the extent of the slavery and its expansion as a to cause the war. Issues related to protectionism between the North and the South proves an instance were the ideological underpinning was not based on slavery. The Abolitionist desire to limit slavery to the South, so that it would lead to the path of gradual extinction was a result of (1) sectional differences between the North and the South. This in turn angered the South, as they perceived this ?strategy?, as violation of their Constitutional rights. ...read more.


Eventually, the popular reaction did came due to propagation through the political leaders. Therefore, the Act divided the nation and pointed it toward civil war as it effectually nullified the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. The resulting turmoil over the act split both the Democratic and Whig parties and thus, gave rise to the Republican Party, which split the United States into two major political camps; North to be Republican and South to be Democratic. As a result of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, (4) Bleeding Kansas ensued in 1854-1861, which was known as a series of violent political confrontations involving anti-slavery and pro-slavery conflicts, which took place in the Kansas Territory. The reason for conflict was over the issue of Kansas entering the Union as a free state or slave state. What happened here in Kansas epitomized the sectional controversy between the North and South. The events it encompasses directly presaged the American Civil War as it elevated tensions regarding the expansion of slavery into the west. The root cause of this conflict was purely motivated by slavery and its expansion?slavery was once again the underlying reason that justified all of these conflicts. ...read more.


They advocated their ability to sell and buy cotton from any nation. On the contrary, Northern states had heavily invested in their manufacturing, however they could not compete with the industries of Europe who offered high prices for cotton imported from the Southern states while getting low prices for manufactured exports in return. As a result, the Northern states supported tariffs and protectionism because it helped them survive. The Democrats in Congress, controlled by Southerners kept reducing rates so that the 1857 rates were the lowest. The South had no complaints but the low rates in turn angered Northern industrialists, who demanded protection for their growing industries. Even political opposition to the Democrats involved the Whigs and Republicans favoring high tariffs to stimulate industrial growth. As a result of their beliefs, the Republicans called for an increase in tariffs in the 1860 election to promote their industrial economy. This was another issue that provided the South with an incentive to secede, as only through secession they would gain to ability to freely trade with anyone they chose for lower prices. Lincoln?s election in 1860 would only guarantee protectionism. This issue of protectionism in the United States shows the extent to which slavery was not pertinent in causing the war. *Wikipedia was used ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. Territorial expansion was the main cause of the civil war. To what extent do ...

    of the admission of states as free, he understood that the conflict had escalated to a degree that marked a seemingly separation within the country. The south wanted out, it wanted slave states and the rights to maintain the slaves that made such a significant contribution to their agricultural economy,

  2. The Evaluation and Effect on the Formation of W.E.B Du Boiss NAACP during the ...

    It was heavily supported by many Jewish members and supporters. "Jews made substantial financial contributions to many civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, the Urban League, the Congress of Racial Equality, and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

  1. Who opposed slavery in the US and why?

    And thus they saw slavery as an affront to Christianity and a sin, and that slave-holders need to abolish slavery in order to save their souls and be saved from hell. Abolitionists also used the Constitution to support their claims.

  2. The North, The South, and Slavery

    NE Industry a. 1840-1860- steady and spectacular growth b. 1st time- manufactured goods=agricultural goods c. 74,000/140,000 establishments for Manufacturing were located in NE i. Most of the larger companies d. Most highly developed items were nothing like they would later be i. Cotton Man.

  1. Notes on the Causes of the American Civil War

    His solution to California and New Mexico was to have them ratify a constitution and apply for State hood. 3. California did and applied as a non slave State. 4. New Mexico did not have enough people, yet Taylor was prepared to admit them into the union.

  2. Notes on the History and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    - Jerusalem remained divided though Israel still called the west part of the city its capital. UN Resolution 303 passed in December 1949 called for the internationalisation of Jerusalem - Schlaim: "Israel emerged from the war economically exhausted but with superior organisation and morale, a tremendous sense of achievement, and

  1. The Chinese Civil War - Background and Main Events

    This was in complete contrast to Mao, who appealed to the spirit of nationalism in the struggle against the Japanese and this endeared him to the people. The USA became an ally of China after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour in 1941, but they failed to understand the political situation in China and gave support to the GMD government.

  2. Extended Essay History: How did the US media reporting of the Vietnam War out ...

    Some of the key resources that I am planning to use are books that journalists on the Vietnam War published after the war was over. prior wars, censorship played an important role in the reporting by the US media because led to such reporting focusing on US victories rather than

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work