The Civil War was fought over new states rights. Some states used slavery for their economy. The new territories were part slave and free. Abraham Lincoln did not believe in slavery. When Abraham Lincoln became president, the southern states seceded and the Civil War began.
The Civil War was started because of slavery, the economy, and states rights. The Northern states thought there should be no slavery, but the Southern states disagreed. The Northern states were free states, but the South was the exact opposite. Southern states grew cotton, Mid-western states grew wheat, and Northern states had many factories and businesses. The Northern states paid people to work in the factories. In the Mid-west, farm owners saved money by paying one person to run a wheat cutting machine that did the job of 12 people. There was a different way of life in the South, though. Rich, Southern, plantation owners owned slaves. Slaves worked without pay on the plantation gathering cotton and doing other jobs.
What side would you take? The side of the North or the South?
1. Research the position of the North and South, then choose your side (position). Write a four paragraph essay (introduction, two supporting details and conclusion) explaining your side and at least two reasons to support it.
2. Some available online resources are available below.
3. Make sure to include the essay in your end-of-project packet.