Today, most professional historians agree with stephens that slavery and the status of african americans were at the heart of the crisis that plunged the us into a civil war from 1861 to 1865. Assess how manifest destiny in combination with the slavery issue contributed to session and the civil war some historians argue that slavery was the primary cause of the civil war explain to what extent you agree with this. The primary reason for the north to reject secession was to preserve the union, a cause based on american nationalism most of the debate is about the first question, as to why some southern. Ultimately, the debate over motives for southern secession trivializes the true shame of antebellum america: the existence of an institution of slavery all together which is why the effort to debunk civil war myths must avoid becoming an exercise in elevating the morality of white northerners that too is beside the point. The year 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the american civil war karl marx defined it as a struggle between two historical epochs - the feudal and the capitalist the victory of the latter made possible the eventual recognition of the human dignity and the civil rights of african-americans.
Why do prominent historians continue to proclaim that the civil war's sole and primary purpose was to abolish slavery the narrative of the civil war appears to serve more than one purpose than just the altruistic cause of ending slavery. The following comments from the book disunion:the coming of the american civil war, 1789-1859, by elizabeth varon, provide a good overview of historians' views on the causes of the war. Slavery was an emotional issue and it was an american made problemin itself, slavery did not cause the us civil war the us supremecourt ruled in 1857 that it was legal.
The primary (ie, immediate) cause of the civil war was the secession of the deep south states, and the decision of the confederate government to fire on fort sumter in charleston harbor but i would argue that the political issue of slavery's expansion was the most important factor that led to secession. Moreover, contrary to what many people think, most historians who argue in favor of slavery as the primary cause of the war do not suggest that it was the only cause james marten but other, equally convincing documents provide explanations for why these states—the governing bodies who formulated policies, not the men who carried them out. Question: some historians argue that slavery was the primary cause of the american civil war utilizing the documents and your knowledge of the period 1846-1860, explain to what extent you believe this statement to be valid. The sesquicentennial of the american civil war is upon us no doubt you have seen news reports of commemorations and/or celebrations if so you are probably aware that there is some controversy attached to such events, and to the war itself, even after a century-and-a-half.
Slavery was, by a wide margin, the single most important cause of the civil war -- for both sides before the presidential election of 1860, a south carolina newspaper warned that the issue before the country was, the extinction of slavery, and called on all who were not prepared to, surrender the institution, to act. Historians debating the origins of the american civil war focus on the reasons why seven southern states declared their secession from the united states (), why they united to form the confederate states of america (simply known as the confederacy), and why the north refused to let them go. Lived history capitalism and slavery the west indian trade employed some ten thousand and agriculture with the emergence of sharecropping regimes in the wake of the american civil war. Slavery in america remains a contentious issue and played a major role in the history and evolution of some countries, triggering a revolution, a civil war, and numerous rebellions in order to establish itself as an american empire, spain had to fight against the relatively powerful civilizations of the new world.
But to say that slavery was the sole cause of the civil war overlooks other stark differences that divided the north and south in the lead-up to it historians have speculated that even had the slavery question been resolved peacefully, war or secession still might have occurred during the westward expansion. Best answer: the primary cause of the american civil war was the issue of slavery people from the north and the south were willing to fight against each other because of their differing views. What caused the civil war slavery was not the cause of the civil war, any historian argue that white northern-ers, suddenly discovering that slavery was. The most basic purpose of slavery is to rid oneself of work and force the hideous labor upon someone else since the time of our more primitive era, societies have taken slaves from war and conquest, and forced them to do their workaday tasks. My contribution history speaks for itself almost the totality of military history of african americans in the american civil war, a complete rewrite of confederate railroads in the american civil war, significant, albeit uncompleted revisions, of economy of the confederate states of america, as well as smaller revisions of bits and pieces of.
Legal historian paul finkelman argues that union victory in the civil war and the reconstruction amendments, which were ratified after lincoln's death but were made possible by the civil war, changed the nature of the constitution. This year initiates the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the civil war this is an occasion for serious reflection on a war that killed some 600,000 of our citizens and left many hundreds of thousands emotionally and physically scarred. By carl zebrowski 8/19/1999 • american history magazine ten civil war historians provide some contrasting-and probably controversial-views on how and why the confederate cause ultimately ended in defeat. Any history major, history teacher, or history professor would attest that slavery was a big issue i have not denied that however, any lincoln historian would tell you that lincoln's primary goal was not the abolition of slavery, it was the continued existence of the union.
But to read what historians have been saying for decades is to conclude that all of these people - the democrats, the secessionists, the cooperationists, and the slaves - were all wrong. Ulrich bonnell phillips (november 4, 1877 - january 21, 1934) was an american historian who largely defined the field of the social and economic history of the antebellum american south and slavery.