Slavery: The Sole Cause Of The Civil War

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Unit 5 – Essay 3

Slavery will always be remembered as one of this country’s greatest tragedies. Slavery was never going to be an event that would end with the stroke of a pen (Emancipation Proclamation), or an exchange of words. Despite the most heroic efforts of both white and black abolitionists, it would take a Civil War to force the hand of slave supporting southern confederate states. Therefore it is valid to say that “Despite the work of the Abolitionist Movement, the only way to end slavery was though violence.”
Even though there were many differences between Northern States and Southern States, the belief of Southerners in slavery and more importantly, their ...view middle of the document...

The anti slavery campaign produced intense feelings and opinions in both sides. As the anti slavery argument gained in strength, violence also increased. In 1831 in Southampton, Virginia, Nat Turner, a slave preacher, led a revolt which he said was the result of a direct commandment to him by God. The bloody revolt caused the death of fifty white people before Turner and his followers were captured and hanged. As the rage against slavery mounted, so did the feelings of its defenders. In the North whites who feared and hated both black and white opponents of slavery broke up abolitionist meetings, tarred and feathered abolitionist speakers, and burned the offices of abolitionist newspapers.
In the South more and more people defended slavery and their belief in white supremacy, which was the control of political, social, and economic life by whites only. More and more Southerners were driven further and further away from Democratic ways. By 1859 conflicts between those that favored slavery and leaders of the Abolitionist Movement began to peak. This led to the interesting question, can a society be purified by violent means? Also in 1859, John Brown acted on a plan that he believed would free slaves by force. He...

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