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Was the Civil War an inevitable conflict The Civil War was an inevitable conflict that was bound to explode due to the differences between the North and South societies slavery and politics After Independence the complexity of the American society grew The three components that contributed to this complexity was the shift away form small-scale largely subsistence farming by substantial numbers of northerners the migration of thousands of white Americans and black slaves and the renewal of slavery as a viable economic system Together these triggered a sharpening conflict between economic interests social classes and regions that were frequently manifested in party politics During the first half of the nineteenth century economic differences between the regions of the North and South increased By 1830 cotton was the chief crop of the South and it represented just over half of all US exports It continued to expand and by 1836 it represented nearly two thirds of all American exports Enduring Visions 244 The profitability of cotton completed the Souths dependence on the plantation system and its essential component slavery The North was by then firmly established as an industrial society Labor was needed but not slave labor Class Notes Immigration was vital Five million people migrated form Europe to the United States between 1790 and 1860 most of them to pursue economic opportunity The immigrants worked in factories and built railroads of the north Enduring Visions 250-253 The south resisting industrialization manufactured little Almost all manufactured goods had to be imported Southerners therefore opposed high tariffs or taxes that were placed on imported goods and increased the price of manufactured articles The manufacturing economy of the North on the other hand demanded high tariffs to protect its own products from cheap foreign competition Enduring Vision 251 These economical and social issues increased hostility between the regions of the North and South As Northern and Southern patterns of living diverged their political ideas also developed marked differences
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