Causes Civil War Essays

Gienapp is open to further criticism when he discusses the decline of the Whig party and rise of the Republican party.

As a new political historian, he stresses temperance, nativism, and the rise of the American (Know-Nothing) party as central to the downfall of the Whigs and thus the second party system.

Yet together, they provide an up-to-date account of the views of a significant element of the historical profession in the mid-1990s.

Boritt begins with a look at the man at the center of all interpretations with an essay entitled "'And the War Came'?

Because of the sexual abuse slave women faced from white male southerners, women felt they had a special stake in the crusade against slavery.

Beginning with Lydia Maria Child's (1833) and continuing with the role of Abby Kelley, Frances Harper, and Sojourner Truth, women brought a greater moral urgency and religious fervor to the movement. Sanitary Commission's work and added their voices to the demands that Lincoln accept emancipation.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 License. Of the many issues in nineteenth-century American history perhaps no question has attracted the attention of historians more consistently than the causes of the Civil War.

Please contact [email protected] use this work in a way not covered by the license. As scholars have debated the possible origins, including the blundering politicians, economics, states' rights, and slavery, a growing consensus suggests that the inviolability of the Union, the failure of the political system, and the moral issue of racial slavery made the war an irrepressible conflict. Boritt has brought together the insights of seven of the nation's most respected authorities to address various aspects of this ongoing debate.

Her essay, "'Little Women' Who Helped Make This Great War" shows that despite the prohibition against their voting and serving on juries women made their influence felt, especially in the North, in a number of ways.

They gave public lectures and used their homes and motherhood to express cultural authority.


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