Was the Civil War inevitable?

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 in American History by jennifer.rupke@almacardinals.org

In your opinion, was the Civil War inevitable? Were the North and the South doomed from the beginning to battle each other eventually over the slavery issue?

Give at least 3 specific examples that back up your opinion!

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  1. alex.vlach@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    The civil war was inevitable. Without modern technologies the south was unable harvest their tobacco and cotton without the use of slaves. The north was too unwilling to allow slavery to happen to let the south keep them either. When the south Threatened secession the north basically just said “go for it” instead of working with them to keep the country together. In the end the war was entirely inevitable because of the north and south both being too bull-headed to negotiate with each other.

  2. christopher.simmons@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I think that the civil war was inevitable because the south already disagreed with all of Lincoln’s law’s, the north and the south didn’t agree on anything and were already fighting about it, people from the north were going into new states and killing people who wanted the new state to be a slave state.

    No i don’t think that they were doomed to eventually battle each other because the north could have let the south secede and be on their own, but even if the north let the south secede they still might have fought about it.

  3. john.bailey@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    it was going to happen one way or the other.
    1. the south was not going to give up there free workers one the jobs suck and to pay enuf for the job to be worth the work the farmers would loose all there money and free workers
    2. thats how the south believed it should be and the north was against that so you know all of the deals that were made was just going to buy time because there will and will always be something that will get in the way of it and to stop all that fighting that would have ben dun was the war nothing els because as long as they had the slaves they were going to fight against what ever said that where was not slaves

  4. andrew.cotton@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    was the war inevitable ?
    Well i really dont know like maybe it could of been by everybody getting along and stop fighting.

    Than again everybody back then always judged bye the way someone looked or color of skin and where you lived I really think that was a major problem back then.

    and yes I think that the north and south were ment to fight because of the differences between them.

  5. aimee.christensen@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I believe the Civil War was inevitable. The North and the South had very different views over slavery. The country couldn’t have been united if they didn’t come to a compromise. With the north wanting a strong federal government and the south with the opposite wants, the country also couldn’t have agreed to go one way or the other. The war had to happen in order for a winner to take control and make the executive decisions. The country would have been splitting with every new state joining leaving the country with a very different outcome than what is today.

  6. clinton.shelton@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    In my opinion no matter what the Civil War was going to happen no matter what. The rivalry was just getting out of hand they were starting to hate each other more, and more every day. Some examples for why the Civil war was inevitable would be these.

    1.) The weakening of state governments, plus the abolishing of slavery was giving more control to the northern states.

    2.) The election of Lincoln, and Jackson gave even more of a nudge to the Civil War.

    3.)The Northerners would keep strong on trying to build on their Federal Government. This would become a problem because the North would keep pestering the South about it when the South did not need Federal Government.

    No matter what these differences would have to be settled it was better settling it right than and there with a war than keep holding that strong grudge today.

  7. drew.whetstine@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    yes the war was inevitable on the circumstances. the collapse of the two party system. break up the states rights. made the conflict between the north and the south near impossible to resolve. the south was largely a plantain economy and it was very slow to rise.

  8. terek.molzahn@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    No, I believe that the War could not have been avoided, because I think that there were too many issues between the north and the south to just come to an agreement.

    Slavery was a big issue, and without a war, I don’t think that the South would have given in because no one wants to give up their whole way of living without putting up a fight.

    And the North was very determined to drill their way of living into the southerners heads, they did not want slavery and in my opinion, slavery is such a big disagreement that war between the North and South was inevitable.

  9. mitchell.christensen@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    i think it was inevitable because the north and south states were too different. They both had very different ways of life and needed certain things that the other had to make their economy work. Another reason is that they weren’t willing to change for one another, they tried doing compromises but none worked because the north and south couldn’t agree on anything. The south knew that if there was an election that slavery would go away because of how many more supporters the north had so they seceded and started fighting.

  10. kevin.lienemann@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    No, I think that there was plenty of better ways to solve it then going to war. One thing might have been to talk about it and try to get the south to stop using African Americans as slaves. Another way might have been just for the Southerners that were against slavery could have started a petition to end slavery and that might have helped. The third way would be for the north and south to just think of a better way to do it rather than going to war and killing many men.

  11. taylor.rice@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Yes, south refused to give up slavery and the north refused to allow slavery, yes.
    1. south’s refusal about slaves escaped the north and the south still thought they owned them.
    2. the south refused to wreck-anise the authority of the national army.
    3. North actively complained for the freedom of slaves.

  12. taylor.rice@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Yes, south refused to give up slavery and the north refused to allow slavery, yes.
    1. south’s refusal about slaves escaped the north and the south still thought they owned them.
    2. the south refused to wreck-anise the authority of the national army.
    3. North actively complained for the freedom of slaves.

  13. tristin.eddy@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Yess I think it was bound to happen. The north and and south couldn’t agree on anything.. The bleeding of kansas was one example , and also none of there compromises were working, But california is what set everything off no one could agree on anything and it wasnt a far vote for california because there were so many people from different states going in to california and voting for slavery or no slavery. I think maybe we could of waited a little bit for the war but in the end i think it would of happened any way.

  14. taylor.hunt@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    In my opinion, I think the Civil War could have been avoided if the North and the South could have come to a conclusion about slavery. If the South really wanted slavery that bad, they should have just explained their reasoning and the North should have accepted it. The North didn’t want slavery, so there would be no reason to have slavery in the North. They should have just let the South do whatever they want and have them make their own mistakes..

  15. calvin.webster@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Yes, because the north thought that they needed to do something about slavery so the only way was war.
    1. the north couldn’t stay out of the souths business.
    2. cause most of the north was against slavery
    3. maybe the north thought that the south should do their own work instead of having slaves did it for them.

  16. william.wessels@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Yes it was definitely inevitable. When California became a state it was declared to be Slave free. That angered the Southerners because most of it was below the 36’30’ line. So the North got California and the South got very little. In 1860 Lincoln was elected President the south thought that their votes weren’t even counted. Dreb Scott Decision basically guaranteed slavery which made the South happy but Angered the North.

  17. evie.smith@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Yes I believe that the Civil Was was bound to happen. The North was more industrialized and more equipped with things, and saw the South as though they weren’t that good, they didn’t understand Southern living. When people are like that, they tend to want to change them to be like them, so they would do anything in their power to change it so they were like them. The two territories would of been bound to fight over more things down the road, one being the land. The North had more of the factories that covered the land so they probably would of tried to take over the rest of the land to become more powerful. The North wanted to gain control and to do that they needed to be the powerful ones, so they needed to do anything they could to be that which would lead to the war.

  18. savanah.wells@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    i think that the war is inevitable because the north and south states were too different.The North and the South had very different views over slavery. The country couldn’t have been united if they didn’t come to a compromise. The south knew that if there was an election that slavery would go away because of how many more supporters the north had so they seceded and started fighting.

  19. Kayla Hassell said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I think the Civil War was inevitable, because for one the North and the South had different lives.The Southerners were farmers and produced a lot of cotton. Therefore the South needed more people to run the cotton gins so they bought slaves. The North was very industrialized for the time being, having factories and railroads. They didn’t need slavery to do work because the population in the North was doubled that in the South. Also, the North did not like the idea of slavery and were willing to fight to ban it, but the South was for it. Lincoln had to make decision that upset different parts of the country and caused an uprising. It was probably really hard for him to decide what was best for America. Johnson’s plan failed as well because he was to lenient with the South and the 14th Amendment abolished slavery but did not give slaves the rights to vote and be a U.S. citizen. Causing people to not get jobs and eventually having to go back to the cotton plantations for work.

  20. tanner.lozo@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The civil war was inevitable.
    1. the south was not going to give up there workers. the jobs the owners had for there slaves were hard to do and to pay somone else to do the job would be pointless.when he could just keep his workers and make them work or free.

    2.I also think that the election of Lincoln and Jackson gave more of a problem to the Civil War.

    3.And last i think that It was bound to happen sometime

  21. leroy.dickinson@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 28th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    the north and the south had a very very had time agree on any thing at all. the south had hard time to harvest tobaco that way they need salves. and they refused about slaves escaped the north and the south still thought they owned them. and the south know there was an election the salves would go away.

  22. joshua.mcgee@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    The Civil War was inevitable
    1. the north and the south were polar opposites
    -the north was more educated
    -the south had more agriculture
    2. the conflicting interests between the north and the south made conflict a must to solve the issues
    -the north wanted to end slavery
    -in the south (some) relied on slavery for their way of life to work the plantations.
    3. the differences in ideas
    -the north believed that the government was right in ending slavery.
    -the south believed that the government shouldn’t control slavery, they believed that it should be legal to own slaves if they wished.

  23. trent.monahan@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I think the civil war was inevitable. since the invention of cotton, the south had been on completely different economic and social path from the north. The north and the south tried to reconcile their differences with political compromises, The attempts failed.

  24. kevin.lienemann@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Yes, I believe that the civil war inevitable. One reason was California because when they became a state, the 36 30 degree line was right in the middle of the state, so half of it should of been slave state and half was against slaves. In the end California just became a slave free state. Another reason was the Bleeding of Kansas and none of the compromises were working. A third reason was the Dred Scott Decision which almost guaranteed slavery which made the north very angry and the south happy.

  25. mitchell.christensen@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    i think it was going to happen no matter what because the south was angry about the decision of slavery in California. Also the events that happened in kansas had a large effect on peoples thoughts before the war. neither the north or south would change for one another so none of their compromises would work.

  26. alex.vlach@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    The civil war was entirely inevitable. The north wanted to abolish slavery. This caused outrage among the southerners due to the fact their entire economy was based on slavery. Second, The admission of California as a state upset the south because of the fact that the north wanted to make it a free state when the majority of the state laid below the mason-dixon line. Last the election of Abraham Lincoln upset the south. They believed he was to willing to help the north and stop the south from having slavery.

  27. brady.stuhmer@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    The war was not inevitable. The North and the South had their own pulls on the war. The North could have allowed the South to have slavery. The South saw slavery as free work, which allows the big southern farmers to make big bucks. But the North saw it as inhumain. The North could have left the South alone and the war would have been avoided. The election of Abraham Lincoln was the reason the South succeeded. If the South would have only put one candidate into the running of the President the South would have had a better chance of winning and thus Abraham Lincoln not winning and the South not succeeding. Splitting California into two states instead of making it a Northern state would have gave California to the North and the South, so they would not have fueled the fire to the tension that was already building.

  28. drew.whetstine@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    yes i think it was inventible. bleeding kansas supporters and opponents rushed into kansas to win the slavery vote bloody battle for kansas ensured thousands were murdered.
    North struggle to preserve the union and
    railroad system
    South
    fought to protect the south from northern aggression.
    defensive strategy.

  29. terek.molzahn@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I believe that the Civil War was inevitable.

    One reason is that the south was very upset about California being admitted as a free state, this angered the southerners because the majority of California was below the 36’30’ line.

    Another thing thing that really pushed the states towards the war was the incident at Fort Sumter. Lincoln declared rebellion against the south, because he sent food supplies in unarmed ships to Sumter, and they were fired upon by the cadets.

    A third very big conflict between the north and south was the issue of slavery. The north did not want slavery, and the south did. This caused both sides to argue back and forth. An agreement could not be reached because every compromise that was brought up was not liked by either one side or the other. It was impossible to come up with something that would make both sides happy. So I think that war was going to happen sooner or later.

  30. taylor.hunt@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I think the Civil War could have been avoided if the North and South could have come to an agreement. The reasons I think that the Civil War was caused are that they did not agree on the Compromise of 1850, the fact that California was declared a free state, and “Bleeding Kansas”. If these could have been avoided or agreed upon I am sure that the Civil War could have been avoided.

  31. taylor.rice@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Yes, because the south wanted slavery, and the North did not. My reasons are: 1) The south’s giving up slavery is or was not likely to happen, because they didn’t want to have to get rid of there workers
    2) They didn’t want to have to do there own work, they wanted people to do it.
    3) The North wanted to stop slavery but the South wants it, and the north wanted to in the slavery, because they believe that slaves should have the right to have a decision. So that is why it is!

  32. tayler.haeker@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I think the civil war was bound to happen. Bleeding Kansas was one reason. North didn’t want slave states but the South did. People rushed into Kansas to make it a slave state so that meant that North and South couldn’t agree on a whole lot. Another reason is that their compromises weren’t really working. California was a big reason that the Civil War happened. Since California was a free state it angered many southerners since most of California lay below the 36’30’ line. I think that it was bound to happen sometime wether people wanted it to or not.

  33. hannah.hays@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Yes, I think the Civil War was inevitable. The North and South had two completely different ways of life. They had too many things they disagreed on. One, the South needed slaves to work their plantations and their businesses. The North was more industrialized and had no need for slaves. The North opposed slavery and the South wasn’t about to give it up. The South wanted to continue on with their way of living. Second, the North wanted a stronger federal government while the South didn’t want this. They believed more in the state’s rights. The South also didn’t agree with Lincoln who was elected president. Third, the two were not willing to compromise and change for each other. The war had to happen to give a winner, a final decision on the way things were going to happen.

  34. evie.smith@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Yes I believe that the Civil War was bound to happen. One reason that I believe it was bound to happen was that the north and south couldn’t agree on anything, “Bleeding Kansas” is an example of that. Another reason is that the two territories would of been bound to fight over more things down the road, one being the land. The North had more of the factories that covered the land so they probably would of tried to take over the rest of the land to become more powerful. The North wanted to gain control and to do that they needed to be the powerful ones, so they needed to do anything they could to be that which would lead to the war. A third reason is the “Compromise of 1850.” They had to do something to California for the people to be happy since it was between the line. Neither of the territories could be happy together, they always had to argue about everything.

  35. Kayla Hassell said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Yes i think the Civil War was inevitable. The North and the South can’t really agree on what’s right.
    1. The Statehood in California forbade slavery. They split the county at the 36’30 line and that made the Southerners mad.
    2. When the country was split, they had a vote for or against slavery in new territories. That caused people from Missouri to cross the border into Kansas to win the slavery vote. Thousands were murdered.
    3. The Dred Scott Decision meant a slave count not sue, which meant he/she was not a citizen, that pretty much guaranteed slavery. The Lincoln – Douglas debates debates got a lot of attention from America because neither Lincoln or Douglas wanted slavery. Then John Brown led a group of men to Harpers Ferry, VA when the captured the town and wanted a slave uprising.

  36. tyrell.howsden@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I believe that the civil war was inevitable as the tension continued to rise between the North and South. All the compromises,such as the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850, would simply prolong the time before the war. Once tensions rose to such a high degree essentially anything could have caused the south to secede and in-turn the civil war. In this case it was the election of Abraham Lincoln ,but even if Lincoln would have lost the election eventually another event would have caused hostilities to rise between the two regions and war would erupt nonetheless.

  37. kiley.barwick@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I think that the Civil War was inevitable. Because of the differences between the North and the South, there was just so much tension that it just couldn’t be resolved.

    My first reason for the Civil War being inevitable is that most of the compromises made like the Compromise of 1850, made tension worse between the North and the South. The Compromise making California a free state angered the South and really did nothing to help them.

    My second reasons is the North wanted to change the south in so many ways, and Southerns have that pride that can’t be taken away. The North had more factories, more people, and they were a lot more wealthy than the Southerners. I think the south knew that, and they were okay with it until the North started enforcing them to change.

    My third reason would be the lack of a compromise that helps both the North and the South. Most of the compromises or acts helped either the North or the South but not both. Like the Dread Scott Decision. The decision was the slaves were basically not citizens so they were still basically slaves therefore not really helping both parties.

  38. hanbin.baik@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 29th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Actually, if it was only problem of the slavery for plantation. Civil War could be inevitable. But it was more complex problem
    If North government wanted to keep union. They could give technology for South plantation to save slave.
    Or they could just ignore slavery. To union they don’t have to claim freedom of slavery. In a fact, before slavery was being issued (by ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’). Most of North peoples didn’t interest in slavery. They just ignored, and it wasn’t problem.
    Then why slavery was issued. Because, the Northern government want it.
    Actually, the problem was form of the government. Northern government wanted powerful Federal Government, but Southern government wanted individual states. It makes them opposite. They should increase their power to insist their claim. This opposition expanded Federal Register competition. And finally, this competition expanded problem of the slavery.
    Civil War was not only problem of slavery, but also their government wanted different form of the government. It’s why Civil War was hard to dodge.

  39. martena.albin@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 30th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I believe that the Civil War was inevitable. Reasons why I think this are, one the North and the South had totally different views on slavery. They both couldn’t come up with an agreement on it. The South wanted slaves because of their plantations. The North didn’t want them because they were more industrialized than the South. Second, all the compromises created weren’t really working. The North and the South couldn’t agree on anything so the Civil War was bound to happen in my opinion. My last reason is California. When California became a free state, that made a lot of southerners very upset. It made the southerners angry because most of California was below the 36’30’ line. The South also didn’t agree with the North because they wanted a strong federal government and they wanted to pay more attention to state’s rights. I do not think the North and South were doomed at the beginning, I think the Civil War needed to happen because it made our country the way it is today.

  40. aimee.christensen@almacardinals.org said,

    on August 30th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    The civil war was inevitable. First off, the north and the south disagreed on many things for example, slavery. Second, the north and the south would have eventually fought over land for free states and slave states. With many states entering into the country at the time, it would have lead to a fight over land. A third reason is the south did not approve Lincoln as president and would have revolt from his decisions for the country. Without the Civil War, this country may not be the way it is today.

  41. Jarrod said,

    on August 31st, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Yes I think the Civil War was inevitable. One reason was because they didn’t have a problem coming up with compromises, but none of them were working. Another reason, for instance, is Bleeding Kansas. Also When California came up in discussion I don’t think either side wanted to give half of it up so everyone thought they would go to California and vote for who they wanted, which created more chaos. In the end the North and the South had two completely different ways of looking at what should be done because they lived so differently. So in the end the only other things that could of happened were to make more compromises that might have worked but more than likely wouldn’t and end up in a war anyways or have the war.

  42. tanner.lozo@almacardinals.org said,

    on September 5th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Yes i think the Civil War was inevitable.

    1. Most compromises made like the Compromise of 1850, made things worse between the North and the South. The Compromise making California a free state angered the South and really didn’t do anything to help.

    2. Thousands of people were killed When the country was split, they had a vote for slavery in new territories. That caused people from Missouri to cross the border to Kansas to win the slavery vote.

    3. The North and the South couldn’t really agree on anything so the Civil War was bound to happen.

  43. leroy.dickinson@almacardinals.org said,

    on October 5th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    1. was hiram maxim inventing the gun call the machine gun. this change the invention changed the a warfare.

    2. the invention of the typewriter. its allowed people too keep better documents and too keep information more organized.

    3. The invention of the first electric light. it allows the people too use light too even more full scale then they already could.

    4. the sewing machine. its allowed the prouction of fabric goods too be prudced at the double or tripple the speed.

    5. the inverntion of braille. its switched the blind off of a huge arabic letter system to a smaller easier too read system of dots.


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