The Many Causes of the Civil War

By Brent_
  • American Revolutionary War

    American Revolutionary War
    It may be a stretch to add the Revolutionary war, but the Civil War wouldn't have happened without. You need America to have an American Civil War, and this was the war that made the country.
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    The Many Causes of the Civil War

    Events leading up to the Civil War.
  • Nat Turner’s Rebellion

    Nat Turner’s Rebellion
    A slave named Nat Turner incited an uprising that spread through a handful of plantations in Virginia. About 60 people were killed, and a militia was deployed after two days. Fifty five slaves were executed, this uprising caused the few civil rights held by slaves to be taken away.
  • Abolitionist Literature Burned

    Abolitionist Literature Burned
    The American Anti-Slavery Society tried to flood South Carolina with abolitionist literature. The people of South Carolina didn't like this, once they found out where this literature had come from they broke into the post office, stealing all of the anti-slavery material. They subsequently burnt it, cementing pro-slavery attitudes in the south.
  • Elijah P. Lovejoy is Murdered

    Elijah P. Lovejoy is Murdered
    Elijah Lovejoy was an American abolitionist, who was shot and killed by a pro-slavery mob during an attack on the warehouse that held Lovejoy's printing press. His murder worsened tension between abolitionists and slavery advocates.
  • American Mexican war

    American Mexican war
    The land gained after the American Mexican war would create tension in the United States. The admission of California, along with other conflicts between states worsened the slavery issue.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    The introduction of popular sovereignty in Kansas created some issues. Residents of the state would now decide whether it joined as a slave state or a free state, so a lot of people moved to Kansas to back their side of the slavery issue. Over time, conflicts between the two sides escalated, eventually resulting in violence/murders. The fighting seen in Kansas would only be a precursor for what was to come.
  • John Brown’s Raid

    John Brown’s Raid
    John Brown attempted to lead an armed slave insurrection by seizing a federal arsenal in Virginia. Brown believed that slavery could only be ended by violent means. His raid sparked a national outcry for and against his actions.
  • John Brown is Executed

    John Brown is Executed
    After his raid, Brown was caught and executed. This event continued to worsen tensions between Americans.
  • The Battle of Fort Sumter

    The Battle of Fort Sumter
    Under the command of General Pierre Beauregard, the Confederates began to bombard Fort Sumter. The Battle of Fort Sumter ended in a Confederate victory and it started the civil war.
  • First Battle of Bull Run

    First Battle of Bull Run
    Like the first event, adding this may be a stretch. The First Battle of Bull Run changed the way people looked at the Civil War, because of an unexpected Confederate victory. Little was expected of the south, but this victory proved that they were able to hold their own, and ended up turning the Civil War into the most violent war in American history.