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The Civil War will come to be known as the war that pitted father against son and brother against brother The causes of the war were numerous but there are quite a few that stick in most historians minds I myself have chosen three events that greatly impacted the start of the civil war They are as follows1 The Compromise of 18502 The Kansas-Nebraska Act3 Abraham Lincoln elected PresidentUnion to remain undivided for a short time In the end we still went to warThe Kansas-Nebraska Act divided the unorganized territory into two territories Kansas and Nebraska This act essentially declared the Missouri Compromise unlawful because owners of property could not take their property with them legally There was no specific mention as to whether slaver would be allowed nationally The Kansas-Nebraska acted divided the territory at the 40th parallel It was expected that Nebraska would decide by popular sovereignty to be free It was also expected that Kansas would also decide to be a slave state Bloodshed would eventually erupt over whether Kansas should be free or slave Bleeding Kansas would pit two governments against itself Kansas would eventually be declared a free state but to the disliking of the SouthThe straw that broke the camels back would come during the election of 1861 The nation was fiercely divided on the issue of slavery The Compromise of 1850 enraged many Northerners The caning of Senator Sumner showed that even the legislature is not immune to the antipro slavery clashes The Election of 1860 showed that the voting public wanted a president with a firm stance on slavery The election of 1860 was what caused South Carolina to break from the Union This was the Souths last stand on anti-slavery forces It was decided that with the election of a anti-slavery president the creation of a pro-slavery country was neededThey say that hindsight is always twenty-twenty The events that happened during the mid-1800s would ultimately lead
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