Causes of the Civil War

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The primary cause of the Civil War has been a topic debated for years because there were many causes of the Civil War that were intertwined together to produce the most devastating war in American History. The primary cause of the Civil War was not states’ rights; the primary causes of the Civil War were the expansion of slavery and sectionalism. Although the issue of states' rights, the existence of slavery, ineffectual leadership, and each …

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…have been prevented if the major and minor causes had less effect on the country and its politicians. However, it is improbable that these causes could have had a smaller effect on the country because slavery was evolving and changing in America by itself. Although the Civil War was the most horrifying war in American history, it needed to be fought to preserve individual rights to all humans that the Declaration of Independence had promised.