Causes Of Civil War

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causes of civil war



Brian Quinn
Dr. Carmical
HIST 231-
December 4, 2000
There were many causes for the American civil war. Some causes were underlying and some were immediate but all were vital in the cause for the American civil war. The differences in the lifestyles between the north and the south were an underlying cause. The south had an economy that was based almost entirely on agriculture. The north on the other hand was an economy almost solely dependent on industry and commercialism. This caused tension between the two sides on many different occasions. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was the different places people lived. People from the north lived predominantly in cities and people from the south lived mainly in rural areas. Each side favored a government that would benefit their lifestyle the most. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was the kinds of labor each side used. The north used free labor in which the workers were not considered property of the owner or boss. The south used slave labor in which employees were not paid or for that matter considered employees, they were considered property of the plantation owner with no rights as a human. The north opposed the slave labor in the south saying that it was inhumane and that it would be impossible for the north to compete with the south due to labor costs. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was the argument over weather or not to place a tariff on imported goods. The south opposed the protective tariff because they believed that the south should not have to pay a tariff because they were uninterested in protecting the industry in which they did not use in the south. They believed that a tariff should only be used to generate revenue not to cost them money. The north believed that a protective tariff would be necessary in order to protect and ensure the growth of small industries in the north. Another underlying cause of the American civil war is the argument over who should control internal improvements the states or the federal government. The north believed that the federal government should pay for the internal improvements needed because they lived mainly in the big cities and they believed that all should pay for these needs. The south wanted each individual state to be responsible for internal improvements because they mainly lived in rural areas or on farmland. The south saw this as an attempt by the north to get the south to pay for their needs. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was the argument over a national banking system. The north believed that a strong federal bank was necessary and that it should assume all national accounts. The south believed that most of the debt was the fault of northern states and that they should not have to pay for them. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was how the people conducted themselves. The people of the south followed a code of chivalry. The people from the north were very materialistic. character was based on belongings and property. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was religious beliefs. The north was predominantly catholic and the south was predominantly protestant. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was the argument over the strength of the government. The north believed that there should be a strong federal government and weaker state governments. The south believed that the state government should be more powerful than the federal government. Another underlying cause of the American civil war was the argument over weather or not a state or states can succeed from the union. The north viewed the attempt of succession by the southern states to be an act of treason. The south saw su

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