Advanced Search Professional historians can be an argumentative lot, but by the dawn of the twenty-first century, a broad consensus regarding Civil War causation clearly reigned. Public statements by preeminent historians reaffirmed that slavery's centrality had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Southern politicians and slave owners demanded that slavery be allowed in the West because they feared that a closed door would spell doom for their economy and way of life.
Whig Northerners, however, believed that slavery should be banned from the new territories. Pennsylvanian congressman David Wilmot proposed such a ban ineven before the conclusion of the war. Southerners were outraged over this Wilmot Proviso and blocked it before it could reach the Senate.
They worried that if politicians in the North prevented slavery from expanding westward, then it was only a matter of time before they began attacking it in the South as well.
As a result, Southerners in both parties flatly rejected the proviso. Such bipartisan support was unprecedented and demonstrated just how serious the South really felt about the issue. The large land concessions made to the U.
Debates in Congress grew so heated that fistfights even broke out between Northerners and Southerners on the floor of the House of Representatives. In fact, sectional division became so pronounced that many historians label the Mexican War and the Wilmot Proviso the first battles of the Civil War.
The Election of Even though the Wilmot Proviso failed, the expansion of slavery remained the most pressing issue in the election of The Whigs nominated Mexican War hero General Zachary Taylor, a popular but politically inexperienced candidate who said nothing about the issue in hopes of avoiding controversy.
The Democrats, meanwhile, nominated Lewis Cass.
Also hoping to sidestep the issue of slavery, Cass proposed allowing the citizens of each western territory to decide for themselves whether or not to be free or slave. Cass hoped that a platform based on such popular sovereignty would win him votes in both the North and South.
The election of also marked the birth of the Free-Soil Party, a hodgepodge collection of Northern abolitionists, former Liberty Party voters, and disgruntled Democrats and Whigs. Taylor, however, died after only sixteen months in office and was replaced by Millard Fillmore.Aug 15, · A comprehensive but readable history of Union intelligence during the Civil War.
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Grant led advance in south; he refused to retreat & WON. A civil war in the states is highly unlikely, although at some point a civil war or revolution is guaranteed (if history is a good forecaster). We have to remember that the US Military is . led to the inevitability of a civil war.
The political tension within the nation surrounding the issue of slavery was ongoing even after a series of compromises. The country was either going to be free or slave and it was evident that the only way to decide this was through a civil war.
journal of the civil war era, volume 2, issue 2 important questions and his book is a rare achievement—well written, deeply researched, and thought-provoking. Faye E. Dudden faye e. dudden, professor of history at Colgate University, is the author of. It led to the March on Washington and it really pushed President Kennedy to propose what became the Civil Rights Act basically a month after those demonstrations.