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"States Rights". Southern states believed that they had the right to determine the status of slavery for themselves. Northern states wanted it to be illegal. The south decided to secede from the Union so that they could make laws for themselves. While there is absolutely no question that slavery should have been illegal, taking away the rights of States to make their own law was the beginning of some serious problems for this country. Slavery was certainly immoral, but there were plenty of other options before making it a Federal law.

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While this is what is taught in school, it is a lie. The Rothschilds plainly stated in the newspapers of the day that if Lincoln did not bow the knee to their usury, he "would find himself in a most unfortunate civil war."


The major long-term cause was the economic disparity between the industrial North and the agrarian South. The source of the South's economy was based on slavery, which brought that institution into the debate. The North depended on protectionist tariffs. The South preferred low tariffs wich favored cotton exports and purchase of low priced imported goods. Abolitionists brought the morality of slavery into question. The South felt as though, in order to retain the political equilibrium, it had to extend slavery into the Western States as territories applied for statehood, and the North felt as though it needed to contain slavery. Had politicians been able to assure the continuation of slavery in the South, without spreading it to the West, the South may not have pursued its adamant defense of States' Rights, but the Fugitive Slave Act threw the equilibrium out of kilter and started the "inevitable march" toward civil war.

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While this is what is taught in school, it is a lie. The Rothschilds plainly stated in the newspapers of the day that if Lincoln did not bow the knee to their usury, he "would find himself in a most unfortunate civil war."

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The main cause of the Civil War was the South's dependency on slaves for their labor. The North needed the agricultural products of the South but faced moral and economic pressure to deal with slavery. Only a few groups were pressing for freeing the slaves, but the South feared the North's control of Congress as new states were admitted. The white population of the North was greater, as was the number of the smaller states in New England.

Connected to, but separate from slavery was the schism between the north and south over tariffs, which protected the Northern industries at the expense of Southern exports.

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There were several different factors that caused the Civil War. For one thing, the south was running on a slave economy, and the rest of the country realized that was wrong. For another, the north and south could not decide on whether or not new states entering the union should be free states or slave states.

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The fundamental causes for the American Civil War for because of several reasons.

Slavery ~ Beginning in the 1640's, Blacks were brought to the United States to work mostly on plantations for wealthy land owners in the South.

The Declaration of Independence ~ In 1776, while the document that was written by Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, was debated. The issue of slavery did come up in the discussion of the Second Continental Congress. One of the points Jefferson placed in the document, called for the end of slavery in the United States.

The Southern Delegates were furious! They let Jefferson know right away, that he owned slaves, and that the South would never allow or support such a statement. Since the Congress voted that they must have a unanimous vote to pass the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson had to remove it from the document completely before the adoption.

States Rights ~ North and South continued to disagree and fight over such issues on the topic of slavery. An example would include, The Missouri Compromise. Missouri was still a territory, so congressman James Tallmadge, and his supporters argued, Congress could limit slavery there, just as it had done in the Northwest by the Ordinance of 1787.

Southerners instantly objected. Congress did not have the right to limit slavery, they argued. Speaker of the House Henry Clay, who came from the border state of Kentucky, mediated for both sides. A compromise was worked out in 1820.

The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 ~ The new federal law that was passed on slaves that would escape, permitted a slave catcher to recover a Black in the North simply by declaring before a court that the person was his slave.

Bleeding Kansas ~ The Kansas - Nebraska Act, caused controversy, as Nebraska would be a free territory, and Kansas territory would decide by the will of the people whether to allow slavery or freedom for Blacks. The people in Kansas would battle over the issue, until death and destruction occurred.

The Election of Abraham Lincoln ~ The South vowed to leave the Union if Lincoln was elected. Even though in the beginning, Lincoln had no intention of ending slavery, he did promise not to allow slavery in anymore territories or future states.

The Attack on Fort Sumter ~ The federal fort was based on the Charleston Harbor, in South Carolina. A group of southerners attacked, and gained control of the fort.

The Departing of the South ~ South Carolina was the first state to secede from the United States. Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas would soon follow.

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There were 3 causes of the American Civil War:

1) state's rights - the south felt like they weren't treated equally

2) sectionalism - favoring one section or state rather than the whole country

3) slavery - the south needed slaves for farming, the north was mostly industry so they didnt need slaves. most of the northerners (and some southerners) didn't think slavery was right

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The US Civil War was started because of the whole slavery issue. The north was against it, and the south was for it. The states fought, and the civil war was started.

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The south's fear that they would lose their slaves.

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