The U.S. Civil War is one of the most defining moments in American history. This essay
will tackle issues and concerns regarding the cause, effects and results of the American
Civil War. The aim of this essay is to give a clear and unbiased answer to the following
questions: What led to the Civil War of 1861-65? Was the War a conflict over States’
Rights, or was it purely about slavery? What role did the various compromises play in the
events leading to the Civil War? How did the Mexican-American War and the expansion of
the United States and its territories aggravate the tensions between the North and South?
Why was John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry considered to be so critical in sparking the
War? What role did the Emancipation Proclamation play in the Civil War, and how did it
change the character of the War? Was the Civil War was inevitable, or might it have been
somehow avoided? Finally, what was the result of the war? A conclusion is also provided
at the end of the essay.
The American Civil War was the apotheosis of a culmination of different events. It was
brought by incidents such as Missouri Compromise, Nat Turner's Rebellion, The Wilmot
Proviso, The Compromise, the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott v.
Sanford, John Brown’s Raid, Abraham Lincoln’s Election, and The Battle of Fort Sumter
of. It is wrong to think that only the issue of slavery and social justice led to historical U.S.
Scholars and historians are still debating as to the real reasons of the American Civil War.