The Civil war was a war fought between the years 1861 and 1865. The war was a result of decades of sectional tensions between the north and south areas of the United States of America. This war focused on the issues pertaining to slavery and states’ rights. These issues came up following the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Less than two months after this event South Carolina decided to secede from the union, and then followed ten other states. These eleven states turned to secession because of the Election of 1860, the sustainment of slavery and the continuance of the states’ rights.
The election of 1860 was between four candidates, although the two big ones were Abraham Lincoln and Stephan A. Douglas. The central issue was slavery and its expansion into the new territories. These issues were intensified by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. The result of this election was that Lincoln won. Document number three states that the Republicans say they have the right to conjure up laws with codes for the South to follow. Not only in the states but in the territories as well; the laws will control or prohibit slavery. Document three is a newspaper and is endorsed by Douglas. It also said that the Union would be endangered if Lincoln was elected as the president. Templeton Strong wrote in his diary that secession was inevitable at the time (Doc 5). He also brought up the fact that one cannot forget that Douglas had gotten the Missouri Compromise repealed to get more votes from the south. Jefferson Davis wrote (Doc 7) that The Election was the final straw leading up to the secession of the south.
Through out the years leading up to the Civil War, slavery has gotten to be a bigger deal than ever before. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a book by the name of, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and it told the story of how a slave was treated, the horrors and this book greatly influenced American politicians and how they viewed slavery. Another novel was written and it goes by the name,...