Causes of the Civil War

For more than 160 years, historians have painstakingly searched for the one factor that caused the American Civil War, the event that caused disunion to turn to war. The search is so intense that the American Civil War is one of the most researched events in the history of the United States. 

Assignment Instructions:

Select one event from the list below and describe why you believe this single event caused such intense disunion within the United States that the country was placed on a trajectory toward the American Civil War.

– The Compromise of 1850

– The Kansas-Nebraska Act 

– Presidential Election of 1856 Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) 

– The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 

– John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry 

– Presidential Election of 1860

Assignment Requirements:

– Provide an insightful and thorough overview of the event and clearly describe how it served as a catalyst for the American Civil War. 

– Because this is an academic research paper, no personal opinions are to be used. Stay focused on the research. 

– In-text citations and a reference list are required. A title page and abstract are not. 

* At least two resources must be cited within the text of your essay and noted on your reference page. 

* Peer-reviewed resources are preferred but are not required. 

* Required minimum length: 2 pages

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