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Was War Against The Confederate States Of America Justified?

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The Civil War was a trying time in American History; societies crumbled, lives were lost, and a nation was torn apart in order to be made whole. However, was this conflict inevitable? Were the North and the South destined to battle out their differences? Were the decisions made by President Abraham Lincoln to make war on the CSA justified? While there is much deliberation on this topic, the final answer is yes to each and every question. The North and the South, though they shared many similarities, were irreparably divided over the slavery issue, such that conflict could not be avoided. Lincoln’s deliberations on the situations of the day were the only acceptable response to the issues at hand. Disagreement caused by the slavery issue boiled over into a vehement sectional division, which would have led to the disintegration of the Union if not dealt with through combat.
When considering the inevitability of the Civil War, the first matter to be dealt with is the extent of the division between the North and the South. It is important to note both the North and South had pronounced similarities as well as differences. According to Edward Pessen, “Northerners and Southerners alike made their living primarily in agriculture,” with the South growing differing crops from the North because of their varying climates.[1] Both South and North invested heavily in American products, though the North invested more in industrial endeavors than the South. All in all, due to the fact that they belonged to the same country, both North and South had the similar essential principles. However, there was one area that completely differed between the North and the South: the South’s “peculiar institution,” slavery. Even on a purely statistical comparison, the difference between the North and the South with regards to slavery was earth shattering. In the North, Negroes made up approximately one percent of the population; in the South, they numbered 3.84 million, or a third of the population. According to Larry Schweikart, “Wealth-estimates by the U.S. government based on the 1860 census showed that slaves accounted for $3 billion in (mostly Southern) wealth, an amount exceeding the investments in railroads and manufacturing combined.”[2] This means the South, with its high number of slaves, was greatly invested in the perpetuation of the practice, and for good reason as statistics place returns on slavery at 8.5 percent.[3] However, the issue of slavery’s existence in the U.S. was the central source of the conflict between the North and the South. James L. Huston’s theory on this happening is “that southern secession grew out of the irreconcilability of two regimes of property rights: one in the South that recognized property in humans and one in the North that did not.”[4] Essentially, the ‘transportation revolution’ caused two economic parties, one with slavery and one without, to merge. The North, afraid that slavery would affect free labor wages, prohibited...

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