Civil War Causes

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Causes and effects of American Civil War The American Civil War started on Apr 12, 1861 and ended on May 9, 1865. It was one of the most famous battles in the United States. The American Civil War definitely was a turning point in the United States’ history. The causes and effects of this war were complex, the North and South always held disagreements on many subjects, but federal power and slavery were the two major causes, and this war directly had economic impacts on both the northern and southern states. This impacts not only changed the economic structure on both sides, but also influenced urbanization of the U.S. and its immigration polices. Slavery was the main cause of the Civil War, and it had caused a deep division between the …show more content…
"The Northern onslaught upon slavery was no more than a piece of specious humbug designed to conceal its desire for economic control of the Southern states," Charles Dickens reportedly said in 1862. Slavery was one of the reasons for the battle but was not the only one. In fact, political reasons were another major cause of this war. In 1861, seven slave states declared that they wanted to separate from the U.S., and formed to the Confederate Sates of America. This unilateral independence not only directly split the U.S but also was a huge threat to Federal States, especially in Charleston which was held by federal power. Therefore, the American Civil War began. All in all, the threatening of federal power led to the first shot of the …show more content…
Industry grew and agriculture machinery provided more job opportunities. After the Civil War, the government also passed a lot of acts. The Homestead Act was one of the most important acts as it provided free title to 160 acres of land for people who were willing to live and cultivate it. Because of this Act, people tended to move from the South to the North, from the countryside to urban areas. In conclusion, there are a lot of causes and effects of the American Civil War. Federal power and slavery were the blasting fuses of the war, and this war brought huge economic impacts to the United States. It also changed the process of urbanization and immigration in Northern and Southern states. Reference
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