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AP History Essay 13: Civil War

AP History Essay 13: Civil War



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AP US History weekly essay on the Civil War
AP US History weekly essay on the Civil War

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Jessica HillisMr. GillardAP US History2 December 2006Essay 13Over time, the Civil War has been blamed on the irresponsibility to control thecountry in various ways, mainly over slavery. The statement that the Civil War was notinevitable holds truth in that the leaders of the country could have easily avoided such abloody war, if they had taken the chances they had
avoid it.The Missouri Compromise, though having noble intentions, unintentionally set aborder between the Union, or Northern states, and the Confederacy, or Southern states.The compromise prohibited slavery above the 36º30’ line, but also instated Missouri as aslave state, even though it was above the line. Maine was separated from New York toeven out the slave and free states, but it undermined the compromise.The Crittenden Compromise was another defining moment in the irresponsibilityfor the country’s leaders to take control of the situation. The compromise stated thatSlavery would be prohibited in all territory of the United States north of the 36º30’. Interritory south of this line, slavery was allowed and could not be interfered with byCongress. The compromise also stated that States would be admitted to the Union fromany territory with or without slavery as their constitutions provided. Congress was unable
to abolish slavery in places within a slave state such as a military post. Congress couldnot prohibit or interfere with the interstate slave trade. Congress would provide fullcompensation to owners of rescued fugitive slaves and that fugitive slave laws wereconstitutional. The North believed that the compromise appeased the South more thananything, and was outraged with it. If Senate and the House of Representatives hadpassed the compromise, the South would have obtained more power and the war wouldmost likely have been played out differently.The leaders of America missed another opportunity to forestall the war byrejecting the Wilmot Proviso. The Proviso stated that slavery was prohibited in all of theland acquire through the Mexican–American war. Because Southerners saw slaves asproperty, they believed that they could take their “property” wherever they wanted. Thisalso became clearer in the Dred Scott case.The Dred Scott case involved Dred Scott, a black slave who was suing his“master” for his freedom, saying that because he had lived on free soil for so long, he waslegally free. The Supreme Court ruled that black people could not become nor would theyever become citizens, thus being free. The decision by the Supreme Court underminedwhat the North was about. Anyone on “free” soil was free, but the Supreme Court hadruled against that, stating that now, Southern slaveholders could move to the North andstill hold slaves, thereby taking over the North. The decision by the Supreme Court raisedtension between the North and South.

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