Causes Of Civil War


As members of the Futurist of America Association, we have been assigned
to look specifically at the cause of the American Civil #War. There are five
aspects that could of led to the Civil War and they are Westward Movement,
Social Change, Froeign Policy Development, Government/Politics Development, and
Economic Development. Out of the five aspects, Economic Development is the best
reason for the eventual Civil War.

First, Westward Movement could of led to American Civil War because of
the Louisiana Purchase, Wilmont Proviso, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Popular
Sovereignity, Compromise of 1850, Missouri Compromise, "Bleeding Kansas",?
California Gold Rush, Manifest Destiny, and the Mistreatment of Native Americans.
The Louisiana Purchase was done by President Jefferson because he wanted to
doubled the size of the United States and to get control of? New Orleans.
Wilmont Proviso was to ban slaves from territories that might gbe aquired from
Mexico. Kansas- Nebraska Act was the result of Douglas wanting to build
railroads from Chicago to San Franciso. Douglas was a big believer in popular
sovereignity, where the people have the right to decide if they want to be free
of slave state, and he completely ignore the Missoure Compromise. The Compromise
of 1850 stated that should be equal number of free and slave states. The
Missouri Compromise said that any state above the latitude of 36 30' can not be
a slave state. "Bleeding Kansas" was where people were fighting over the issue
of slavery and cost many American Lives. The California Gold Rust occurred when
gold was discovered in California and people rushed out to California.When
California apply for statehood, it cause huge problems because North and the
South wanted control of the gold in the state. Manifest Destiny was where
Americans believe that they had the right to expand westward. The Treatment of
Native Americans was hoorible because Americans believe they were superior to
the Native Americans. All these issues seperated the North form the South
because each side a different view on each issue.

Westward Movement could of led to the Civil War, but did not because of
Henry Clay. When the Westward Movemet occurred new states started to enter the
union. This is where the promblems begins. Missouri was the first state, other
than Louisiana, to enter the union from the Louisiana Purchase and will give
impications on the status of slavery west of the Mississippi. If? Missouri enter
the union as a free state, then the North will get control of the House of
Representatives because they would have more representatives. If Missouri enter
the union as slave, the South will get control over the House. Henry Clay saw
this issue cause a huge tension between the North and South, so he came up with
the Missouri Compromise. The Missouri Compromise stated that any states above
the latitude of 36 30' must be free states. Missoure enter as slave state and to
even the number of slave and free, Maine also entered the union as a free state.
Both North and South agreed to this and by doing so Henry Clay helped the United
States from a civil war.

Second, Social Change could led to the Civil War because of Educational
Changes, Women's Rights Movement, Prohibiton, and the Abolitionist Movement. The
Educational Movement was led by Horace Mann of Massachusetts. Mann worked for
the establishment of a state board of education and for taxes to local schools.
Women's Rights Movement stood for equality among the two sexes. Seneca Falls
Convention was held by women for men to see that women should have equal rights.
Women in the South felt the same way, but they knew the men in the South did not
feel the same way as they did. Sojourner Truth, who was a Women's Rights
activist and ex-slave, became famous when sh delievered a speech entitled "Ain't
I a Women". The powerful speech rally women to fight for their rights. Dorthea
Dix a woman her time to publicizing the inhumane treatment prevailing in prisons,
almshouses, and unsane houses. As a result, 15 states opened new hospitals for
the insane and others improved their supervision of penitentiaries, asylums, and
poorhouses. Prohibiton deals with the banning of alcohol . Religious groups
consider drinking alcohol is a sin and women being abuse rosed. Poverity and
crime rose, so the Anti-Saloon League was formed. It was organize in Ohio by
women, who marched to saloons to make them give up their businesses.
Abolitionist Movement stated with the Quarkers, who thought it was a sin to own
slaves. Frederick Douglass, who a runaway slave, became one of the most
effective voices aganist slavery. He started the Nortstar, which brought the
cruelities of slavery to the attention of the North. William