Elsewhere on our websites. At the heart of the conflict were the interconnected issues of slavery, territorial and sectional political control.
But in the end they, like practically everyone else, were swept along on the tide of anti-Washington, anti-abolition, anti-Northern and anti-Lincoln rhetoric. In plain acknowledgement that slavery was an offensive practice, Congress in banned the importation of African slaves.
It remains the deadliest war in American history. Since the Constitution was first written there had been arguments about how much power the states should have versus how much power the federal government should have.
Not only did the tariff issue raise for the first time the frightening specter of Southern secession, but it also seemed to have marked a mazy kind of dividing line in which the South vaguely started thinking of itself as a separate entity—perhaps even a separate country.
Lee's escape attempt ended with his surrender at Appomattox Court Houseon April 9, Bradford wrote that the issue has been further complicated by historical revisionistswho have tried to offer a variety of reasons for the war. That held the thing together for longer than it deserved.