The causes of American Civil War. 1850s.


1850 compromise.

Tariffs. Northerners tended to want protectioni sm. could not compete with europe.

Southerns usually wanted free trade.

Did states have the right to secede? Founding Fathers said no. President Buchanan said no.

Minnesota admitted 1858. free

Oregon 1859. free

Kansas 1861. free

Republicans argued that they could prevent all future states from having slavery

senator stepehen a douglas spoke of popular sovereignty. people in territories were to decide whether to allow slavery

November 1860 election. some southern senators began to withdraw from congress

calhounr doctrine – states’ rights. Jefferson Davis was keen on this one

Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 1852

1859 – John Brown’s rebellion.

crittenden compromise failed. corwin amendment.

1860 election.

7 states seceded before Lincoln took office

S carolina first to secede. gave reasons for doing so. S C had long said states were entitled to nullify federal laws

States gave reasons for secession – all said it was slavery






About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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