What caused the American Civil War?

Oct 2007
7
Only 5% of people in the South owned slaves. Most people were too poor to own them.

But the 5% who owned them also tended to be the politicians. And they wanted to keep slavery. So they riled up the southerners with speeches about Southern pride and such to trick them into fighting for Slavery.

At least that is one interpretation of it.
 

Lord_Cronus

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,047
Georgia
Only 5% of people in the South owned slaves. Most people were too poor to own them.

But the 5% who owned them also tended to be the politicians. And they wanted to keep slavery. So they riled up the southerners with speeches about Southern pride and such to trick them into fighting for Slavery.

At least that is one interpretation of it.
Something I have been mulling over is the current situation in Iraq. Why'd we go to war? Certainly, what the big wheels are passing down now isn't adding up to what they were passing down then. If the war is over oil, does that mean all the soldiers that are fighting are doing so to make the US an oil controlling giant? The same can be said for Confederates during the WBTS. Just because politicians want to win for their own reasons, it doesn't mean the soldiers are fighting for the same reason.
 

Edgewaters

Ad Honorem
Jul 2007
9,098
Canada
As for the Continental Congress, let's not forget their first government was the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union....it was not something to be transient in nature or other than permanent.
Not by the time of the Civil War. The Articles of Confederation were in effect only during a single decade, the 1780s. They were quickly scrapped and replaced with the Constitution. The perpetual union clause (Article XIII) was deliberately left out of the Constitution with the intent of allowing secession ... so, between the establishment of the Constitution up until the Civil War period, states were understood to have an explicit right of secession from the union.