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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2009 02:18 pm
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The main cause was Sectional Tension. Both sides thought they were right on a number of issues and it just spilled over into the war. It already had been before, with an excellent example being Kanas==Jayhawkers vs. Bushwackers. Slavery of course was one of the issues argued about, but it wasn't the issue that sent the armies to war.

The South felt like it was being ruled by a King and felt that it could do better as a Confederation--States Rights, much like America's original Constitution: The Articles of Confederation. Since this was the popular belief, they bravely acted upon it and fired on Sumter to start the long struggle for freedom.

When the North responded, it wasn't to set slaves free, it was to preserve the Union. It's officially called the "War of the Rebellion," not the "War to Free the Slaves." If Lincoln wanted the slaves freed he could have issued the Emancipation Proclamation whenever he wanted, but he chose to wait because if he had set the slaves free earlier, the Civil War would have happened almost immediately, which was something he wanted to avoid. He also waited until it was clear that the Union had a clear cut victory so that it didn't cause a resurgance of forces within the Southern armies.

I'm not trying to downplay the role of slavery in the course of events and it certainly helped pave the road to war, but it was not the actual issues that got the armies to actually fight.

Last edited on Tue May 26th, 2009 02:23 pm by CoryB

"War does not determine who is right-only who is left." ~Anon
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