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IMSMART1407
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colocatt
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Is the true cause of the Civil War Slavery?

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Started: 8/8/2016 Category: Education
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IMSMART1407

Pro

I believe that the true cause of the war is slavery. The argument between the northern states and the southern states on whether or not slavery should be kept led to secession. That led to war, the north fighting to preserve the Union, the south fighting to create their new confederation and wanting a separate constitution.
colocatt

Con

Hello,
So I would like to start by saying no the true cause of the Civil War was not slavery. The south which at the time where the states South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. These states seceded from the United States or the Union, to band and create the Confederate between the years 1860 and 1861. These southerners felt that their culture and how they saw their American Dream being threatened. Yes most of the states that seceded and wrote for the Declaration of Causes said a big reason was slavery. However Slavery in the south was culture it was what everyone was taught and what everyone excepted.

I personally do not support racism or slavery in anyway but I can see where the southerns felt threaten. Abraham Lincoln was elected as President in 1861 and he stood for keeping the nation together which is not what the south wanted. They knew that the northerners did not want slaves and the slaves where pretty much their entire economy. 84% of their wealth was from lang farms like plantations that where indeed run by slaves. The south didn't want to be apart of the revolutionizing north and decided to rebel. The North did not like this because if they seceded that means that they lose the cotton plantations.

So in response The South bombed Union soldiers at Fort Sumter , South Carolina on April 12, 1861 and thus began The American Civil War.

The Declaration of Causes:
http://www.civilwar.org...
Debate Round No. 1
IMSMART1407

Pro

I do not believe that slavery in the south was culture. At the time, business was booming- especially cotton. The cotton gin was created- which took less time to take seeds out of cotton. So the south relied on cotton, and traded all of their other crops for it. They needed cheap labor- slaves, in order to plant it and use the cotton gin. (They relied on the cotton, therefore slaves.) The north was more focused on agriculture at the time, not on cotton. The north was actually taking raw cotton and turning it into goods.

Yes, the South did get taught that slavery was their way of life, and their expectations. But that was not the only reason why they did have slaves. They also needed them desperately, because if they did not have slaves, their economy would fail without cotton, as they were relying on it.

I see your point of view, when you mentioned, "They knew that the northerners did not want slaves and the slaves where pretty much their entire economy. 84% of their wealth was from lang farms like plantations that where indeed run by slaves. The south didn't want to be apart of the revolutionizing north and decided to rebel." But that statement, in other words, meant that the two sides- the north and the south- disagreed on slavery. You said the south wanted it, they knew the north didn't, and they rebelled. All because of slavery.

(But good job, I have to say, on your argument!)

Source 1: http://americanhistory.about.com...
Source 2: McKeel Academy of Technology education
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