Why was the American Civil War inevitable?
Most people believe it was because some people wanted to keep
slaves and others wanted to emancipate them, but that is not
Research shows that Lincoln said "slave states would remain
slave states" and there would be no more new slave states. He had
also said that if slaves had run away into free states, they would
be brought back to their owner. The war did end slavery, but that
was not the intended reason for the war.
The Civil War was inevitable because the South's way of life was
different from the North. The South was mainly into farming. When
the cotton gin was invented, most farmers started to grow cotton.
These farmers had bought more land to grow cotton. To tend these
fields, the farmers bought slaves. This is where the difference
between the North and South was. The North had built factories and
was into manufacturing goods. The South feared that they would be
overrun economically by the Union. As abolitonists fought with
slavery proponents in border states, pressure increased for a
resolution of some kind.
Both sides had thought that they could win a war, but no one was
certain how the North would react to secession.
1. The admission of California upset the balance achieved by the
Missouri Compromise, and this was never restored.
2. Many Southern leaders believed that slavery must either
expand or die. They would not accept Lincoln's deal, which was to
allow slavery to continue but not expand.