What Led Up To The Civil War Essay

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When trying to understand why certain actions were taken during any major event in history, there is always the trouble of already knowing what the outcome is going to be. We already know that there will be a very bloody and horrific war between the Northern and Southern states in America. The people that were living in these communities during the 1840s and 1850s had no idea that a catastrophe of this magnitude was going to disrupt their lives. There was a series of certain events that lead up to the Civil War. Think of the sectional issues between the North and the South as a boiling pot of water. The events that led up to the Civil War represents how close the water boiling in the pot was to overflowing. By the time secession has happened,…show more content…
the Civil War. Slavery, political events, and political parties differences, when combined, are what made the Civil War evitable. At the time, slavery was thought to be the backbone of the Southern economy. Plantation owners were dependent on their slaves for almost all of the work that needed to be done. With the invention of the Cotton Gin by Eli Whitney, cotton plantations and slavery become much more popular in the south. “Between 1800 and 1860, southern slave sates grew in number from eight to fifteen. By the 1830s, indeed, cotton accounted for more than half the value of all U.S. exports”. Cotton was a major economic resource that was coming from the south based upon the slave labor that was there. With this massive amount of cotton being exported, there must be large amount of people who owned slaves. But there really wasn’t. Only about 1 in every 3 families owned slaves in what William W. Freehling called the “Lower South”. Most that did own slaves were extremely wealthy and owned quite a few slaves. For example, in “Augusta, Georgia, the wealthiest tenth o fall white families in 1860 owned half of all real property”. This made the gap
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