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             Economic: Differences between the North and South over economic issues contributed towards causing the Civil War. .
             The North's economy was based on Industry and Trade. They did not need or use slavery. .
             The South's economy was based on Agriculture. While most southerners were small farmers, large plantation owners who were dependant upon slavery held much power. .
             The North and South came into conflict over political issues and could not work out a comprise. .
             The political issue which divided the north and south were: .
             Who strong should the central government be? .
             The South wanted a weak central government and more control in the states .
             North wanted a strong central government which could help regulate trade and promote inducstry. .
             Should the USA abolish (get rid of) slavery? .
             The North had little need of a slavery. Factories used low paid laborers and not slaves. .
             Southerners, particularly Plantation Owners, felt slavery was necessary to the economic success of the south. .
             Political Issues which did not solve the differences between the North and South. .
             Missouri Compromise .
             Fugitive slave law .
             Compromise of 1850 .
             Popular Sovereignty .
             People in the North and South over the morality of slavery divided the nation. .
             Abolitionists in the North believed the enslavement of African-Americans was philosophically and morally wrong. .
             Most southerners were willing to tolerate the system as an economic necessity and did not wanted to end it. .
             Neither side believed in Black American Equality.
             What was the outcome of the Civil War? In terms of human loss it was the most terrible war ever fought in American history. The losses were greater than in all the nation's other wars combined. One of five Union soldiers and one in four Confederate soldiers died, though more of disease and sickness than of combat. But were its goals achieved? The Union was saved, firmly welded together, the idea of secession discredited.

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