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The Causes of the Civil War The South which was known as the Confederate States of America tried to secede from the North which was also known as the Union for many different reasons One reason they wanted to secede was because there were four decades of great 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 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 which the North won There were a few reasons other than the slavery issue that the South disagreed on and that persuaded them want to secede 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 Harrison The North also wanted internal improvements sponsored by the federal government These improvements were 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 A high tariff protected the Northern manufacturer The high tariff 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 In 1791 the tenth amendment was added to the Constitution The tenth amendment states The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states respectively or to the
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