How did the American Civil War Actually Happen? – American Civil War – Part 1

How did the American Civil War Actually Happen? – American Civil War – Part 1

1819. The newly-born United States of America sat in a state of delicate balance. 11 free states, 11 slave states. From the outside looking in, it appeared to be perfect harmony. Equal states, equal representation, equal influence in federal affairs.

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  1. At last, clarity.
    Have listened to many podcasts, all quite woolly regarding the war's origins. This has been far more coherent and convincing.
    Thank you.

  2. I Disagree with your claim that there was large support for Abolitionism in the North this is factually wrong. In New England there was large support for the movement but it was far from even the majority opinion of that Area. Most northerners either no opinion on the matter or held a belief that it should not spread to anymore admitted states. Its been suggested that Bleeding Kanas had more to do with the souths push to end immigration which would have left many immigrant families separated across the ocean. It was more a fight for a struggle for control of the electoral college votes and the additional senatorial and congressional seats that sparked the incident. This has largely been obscured by radicals Like John Brown and other notorious bush wakers. Although I acknowledge that one of the reasons of the war for Southern Independence and the initial secession was the belief that Lincoln was going to abolish slavery however this fact has over shadowed two main factors one the south believed the election to be illegitimate do to fact that no southern state permitted Lincoln to be on the ballot. Second over half of the states that would latter secede did so after the call for volunteers most states want to remain neutral. Virginia held a referendum on secession an it failed 3 times Lincoln instigated the war almost every major fort had been abandoned when the states seceded, I will acknowledge that it was presidents Buchanan's decision to fortify sumpter. This can be seen as a extension of the peaceful transition of power as Buchannan obviously did not want to undermine the on coming administration national policies and agendas. The South Carolina militia under general Beauregard gave the federals multiple days and opportunities to vacate the sovereign territory of the state of South Carolina and the Confederate states of America a sovereign nation separate to the United States of America. The Supreme court was even going to rule Southern Secession and Independence was legal before Lincoln threatened to dissolve the institution and throw its justices in a military prison. So to even call the War of Southern Independence a civil war is just blatantly false the primary definition since ancient Rome was acknowledged to be a war between factions for control of the government/state to control the nation this was antithetical to the historical reality as the South wanted an independent state. Lincoln wanted to persevere the union not for benevolent reasons, but to retain the revenues as southern economies generated 45% of the nations economy, not to mention the vital tributaries of the Mississippi river that would have been cut off and or heavily tariffed forcing all trade in the northern economy to travel over land to the ports of Boston and NYC which would have bankrupted the USA.

  3. You need to tell the whole story of fort Sumter. No one died the night the confederates fired upon the fort. Also the confederates gave the feds deadlines many times and many times extended them while their delegates went to the white house seeking to talk to Seward. Seward ignored the delegates every day as they waited in his lobby. For weeks the forts men had been allowed to come get supplies from town but the main supplies from federal ships were cut off. The commanding officer of the confederates arranged a meeting with the CO of the fort that night before they began the bombardment (transporting and setting up cannons takes time) and they agreed if they shot at the walls with a few good volleys then the feds would surrender. The men inside all surrendered and no big deal but as soon as the news came to Seward he came out of his office to the lobby of waiting confederate delegates and said "NO TALKS WITH TRAITORS!" or something to that effect. Seward was anti South big time because he had a deep seated hatred for southerners and the southern way of life.

  4. It happened because the North wanted control of the whole of America, Lincoln and his cronies picked a fight with the South using slavery as an excuse to back the south into a corner in order to control it

  5. This guy is following the play book. The heart of the slave trade was in the North. The ships came out of Rhode Island. The North was heavily financing the cotton fields. Damn the textile industry was in the North.

  6. I like how you skipped right over why Texas wanted to join the United States instead of remaining part of Mexico. Mexico had just outlawed slavery. Texas wanted to keep their slaves. So they seceded. Fun fact about Texas. They betrayed the nation they were part of twice in order to keep their slaves.

  7. This is probably the worst observation on the causes of the war between the states that I have ever seen. It is handpicking and focusing on slavery as the primary issue which it was not. It had far more to do with taxes and the fact that the country used the mechanism of succession to expand itself and even was created under the mechanism of succession. And yet the federal government claiming some sort of plenary authority and Superior authority, which it has never had, remember that the federal government was created as an agent to work for the states not to Lord over the states. And the fact that most of the people in the north didn't want slavery not because of it being somehow disingenuous or somehow racist or anything else, they didn't want blacks in their country at all. That was the primary reason for the abolitionist not wanting slavery. They felt that blacks were not human beings and therefore should not be in the country. This is evidenced by the fact that we still ignore the existence of the American Indian in this country and have are virtually taking steps every time you turn around to take American Indians names off of schools, off of sporting teams names they are ignoring the American Indian, another group that they consider some human to this day otherwise they might be tempted to treat other humans as actual humans instead of a subhuman group as it was taught in University settings all the way up through the 30s into the 50s. And just to be fair, the federal government passed a law that did not allow the support for slavery within the federal government that took effect on January 1st of 1808 before many of those European countries eliminated legal slavery. Illegal slavery lasted in the country all the way up to the 1890s, and there were still slaves in the south in military districts established by the federal government all the way up to the beginning of World War I. Supported and defended by the federal government because the Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to slaves who were in areas that the federal government had already posted troops I suggest you read the Emancipation Proclamation and look at the fine print. It freed almost no slaves in the South and freed none of them in the North.

  8. Funny how today the majority of black Americans think Republicans are the racist party, when the democrats are the ones who wanted slavery. Red's always been about us all, man.

  9. The easy answer to this subject is Roman Catholicism is responsible for the civil war because America was founded as a Protestant nation where Christians could freely worship God without Roman Catholic persecution.

  10. Long story short. North is the agressor attacked and ilegaly prevented states to secede wich was a constitutional right of every state.

  11. Long story short annexing mexican territory upset the fragile balance and made compromise increasingly difficult. Eventually impossible. War became the only solution.

  12. The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built.

    Today, the Sons of Confederate Veterans is preserving the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.


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