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Causes of the American Civil War The South which was known as the Confederate States of America seceded from the North which was also known as the Union for many different reasons The reason they wanted to succeed was because there was four decades of great sectional conflict between the two Between the North and South there were deep economic social and political differences The South wanted to become an independent nation There were many reasons why the South wanted to succeed but the main reason had to do with the Norths view on slavery All of this was basically a different interpretation of the United States Constitution on both sides In the end all of these disagreements on both sides led to the Civil War in which the North won There were a few reasons other then the slavery issue that the South disagreed on and that persuaded them to succeed from the Union Basically the North favored a loose interpretation of the United States Constitution They wanted to grant the federal government increased powers The South wanted to reserve all undefined powers to the individual states The North also wanted internal improvements sponsored by the federal government This was more roads railroads and canals The South on the other hand did not want these projects to be done at all Also the North wanted to develop a tariff With a high tariff it protected the Northern manufacturer It was bad for the South because a high tariff would not let the south trade its cotton for foreign goods The North also wanted a good banking and currency system and federal subsidies for shipping and internal improvements The South felt these were discriminatory and that they favored Northern commercial interests
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