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1 a Civil War-between 1861 and 1865 the southern and northern states clashed with one another in a violent conflict b Union-the unified nation of the US2 Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the famous novel Uncle Toms Cabin which started the controversy between North and South3 Some historians have suggested that the Civil War could have been avoided If the US had elected better leaders and established stronger political institution they believe wild-eyed extremists on both sides would never have been able to force the nation into war Other historians-especially more recent ones-dont accept the idea that American society was similar everywhere 4 Uncle Toms Cabin had great affects on the North The North saw slavery as a sin against man They tried pushing northern views on the South which is later believed to have started the war 5 George Fitzhugh stated that You with the command over labor which your capital gives you are a slave owner-a master without the obligations of a master They who work for you who create your income are slaves without the rights of slaves Slaves without a master6 The differences between North and South were not simply a product of exaggerated fiction and propaganda Hard facts also told the story They showed that the North was becoming still more urban still more industrial than the South Its population two and a half times as large as the population of the South was becoming even larger and more diverse as Irish and German immigrants crowded into swelling cities7 Northern were exploiting the immigrants coming into the US whom needed labor so badly while the Southern exploited the blacks because the were bought as slaves1 a Compromise of 1850-it was a package of laws designed to balance the interest of the two sections North and South b Fugitive Slave Act-this law orders all citizens of the US to assist in the return of enslaved people who had escaped
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