Civil War Causes
By: Kylee Burns
Wilmot Proviso (1846)
The Proviso was a thing that didn't have slavery the land that was with the Mexican War. Polk wanted to extend the Missouri Compromise line all the way to the Pacific Ocean. This showed that people still were moving over to the side. It also showed that slavery wasn't a great thing.
Dred Scott Decision (1857)
Dred Scott was a slave and when his owner died he sued his owner's wife for not letting him be free. Dred Scott argued that be should be free because he lived in the North for so long. Missouri was on his sided but the court appealed the case. The court decided that free and non-free slaves weren't citizens of the United States, so they weren't allowed to sue someone. The court also said that the federal government didn't have the power to stop slavery in its territories. Dred Scott ended up staying a slave.
South Secedes (December 1860- June 1861)
The country was living between the North and South. When the US got new territories in the West there was a debate on whether it would be a slave state or a free state. South Carolina decided they would secede from the US and several other states did as well. led to the beginning of the Confederacy and soon the Civil War. It was the biggest secession movement in the United States and was defeated when the Union armies defeated the Confederate armies.
Could the Civil War have been avoided?
I feel that the Civil War could have been avoided because the union could have been destroyed earlier. Yes, the South didn't want to give up slaves. But if the president and the congress would have stopped thinks like slavery being expanded right when it started in the beginning, then there wouldn't have been so much conflict in the long run.