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The Compromise of 1850 was the one of the leading causes for the Civil War, because it gave man power to the north, and allowed them to build an army.(Cole Jankovsky)
I think the compromise of 1850 was the most important event that led to the civil war. The compromise of 1850 led the southern states to be infuriated by the fact that they did not get California as a slave state. Even though the compromise stated that the there was suppose to be more strict enforcement of the Harriet Tubman Act, a lot of northerners still help slaves escape to Canada. The law also upset the people that did not support slavery in the north. Some of the southern states were threatening to secede, but they held off for about ten more years. In that amount of time the north was able to build up their power with the boom of the industrial revolution enough to win the war.-Galen Sullivan-
In my opinion I think the Bleeding Kansas would be the most important event that led to the Civil war. Bleeding Kansas was a series of events or a period when the U.S. was debating whether or not to abolish slavery. Kansas was also about to become a state. The government chose to leave the decision of whether or not slavery would be legal or not up to the people of Kansas. People has such a disagreement on this topic that they had a war break out all across Kansas. *Taylor Warren*
I believe the event that was the most important in leading to the Civil War was the election of Abraham Lincoln. Although he never said that his goal was to abolish slavery, the South assumed that that was what he would do, based on what everyone was saying about him and the way people were representing him. So when Lincoln was elected, the Southerners felt like their way of life would be threatened by him, and decided they had no other option but to secede. Although the other events leading up to the Civil War were looked on unfavourably by the South, none of them threatened the South as much as the election of Lincoln. Other events had tried to regulate slavery, but the South felt certain that once Lincoln was elected, he would get rid of slavery altogether. This is why the Southern states decided to secede, which eventually lead to the Civil War.
There are many contributing factors that lead to the beginning of the Civil War. There were many compromises that were passed, that caused people to start to not believe in our country. However, I think the main cause for the beginning of the Civil War was Lincoln's Election. The South was fine with many of the compromises, but once Lincoln was elected, they believed it would be the end of the nation. The South was so against Lincoln's thoughts and ideas, that they would rather start a war with their own country to do what they thought was right. - Hannah Price
When the mexican war ended in 1848, they started discussing the the planning of the compromise of 1850. the Compromise of 1850 was passed making it legal in california for slaves to be free. Utah and new mexico had the option to decide if their slaves should be free or stay slaves. The congress made a law for states to have the descision to allow slavery or not, and this was called popular soveriegn.
The compromise of 1850 was a leading cause to the civil war because they had access to the north and built an army. Stevi Johnson
The single event that I beleive led to the start of the Civil war was when Abe Lincoln won the presidental election. Mass hysteria swept through the south upon his election, they feared that it meant their ruin. Southern radicals then saw no alternative but to secede from the Union. The South just assumed that Lincoln planned to free all the slaves. The election of Lincoln then led to the southern states suceeding from the Union. The Congress could not reach a compromise. The Republicans refused to allow the extension of slavery, and the South would have no less. I believe that all this, the souths fear of Lincoln freeing the slaves started the civil war.-Whitney Williams
I don't believe that one thing can start a war, but in reality, a composition of various happening's that caused conflict to turn into arguments, arguments into fights, and finally fighting into the war. The most widely contributing factor though, I believe, was slavery in general. The Bleeding Kansas act aided this conflict when Kansas was about to become a state and other states were trying to persuade the newcomer’s one way or another, putting pressure and a new reputation on the inexperienced voters. Some believed that slavery was an appalling option, or rather, not an option at all. This mostly consisted of northern states, such as Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Others, mainly in the south such as Georgia and Louisiana, saw slavery as a way of life. Southern states bought slaves, and invested great amounts into their work force. Slavery being abolished meant for many southerner's that they're whole way of livelihood was being jeopardized. They panicked, and in doing so sometimes became somewhat violent, more out of fear of not being able to care for their families than anything else. Lincoln becoming president aided the idea of a truly free country, opposing most southerner's away from the idea of voting him for the american president. Northerner's on the other hand, aided his campaign, truly believing that an election of Lincoln could enforce a slave-free country. Lincoln never actually stated that he would abolish slavery, but such was the belief based on his words to his fellow colleagues. After a major battle was won by one of lincoln’s general’s, word spread quickly. This aided Lincoln, who was almost forgotten in the election, and he became the nation’s sixteenth president. Shortly after the war ended, Lincoln was assassinated by an actor in one of his favorite theater’s. This caused even more conflict in the U.S.