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the War between the States has becomeknown as the bloodiest war ever fought The Civil War divided the United Statesbetween its Northern and Southern states The battles lingered for long years but theconsequences of the war have endured time The start of the war began with the firing onFt Sumter by the Southern states and lasted until General Robert E Lee surrendered hissouthern troops at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 9 1865 The Warpitted brother against brother in attempts to retain a way of life and thinking Althoughthere has not been agreement on the major causes of the War this essay will explorepossible immediate causes and long term causes of the War The immediate causes ofthe war that will be discussed are the election of Lincoln as president the quest of theSouth to succeed from the Union and the firing on Fort Sumter The longer term causesdiscussed will be economic differences between the North and South failure of Congressto compromise and the slavery and territory issues The immediate causes of the War were the election of Lincoln as president Thefire-eaters threatened secession because of Lincolns affiliation with abolitionist TheSouthern states wanted their independence respected by the national government Thepreservation of the way of life in the Southern states was of utmost importance Inopposition to legislation that would strengthen the national government the Confederacyrejected the demands of the Union The Southern states believed that the right to succeedfrom the Union was within the doctrine of states rights Secessionist believed that thenational government was a conglomeration of sovereign states and that any state had thelegal right to remove itself from the Union As Lincoln gave his inaugural speech hedeclared that secession was illegal and that he would acquire Southern possessions Oneof these Southern holds would be Fort Sumter which is located in the heart of the South On April 12 the Confederacy fired upon Sumter to capture better position to defendinitiated the battle that would
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