What role did slavery play as a cause for the Civil War?
While Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party did not support the immediate abolition, many Southerners feared that the election of Lincoln in 1860 posed a threat to the institution of slavery in the region. In a speech two years before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made his famous “House Divided” Speech explaining how the issue of slavery threatened national unity. After secession, the leaders of the rebel states drafted their own Confederate constitution that explicitly protected the institution of slavery. While in the north, abolitionist agreed with Frederick Douglass who argued that the war must lead to “the destruction of slavery” since it was its “primary cause.”
Please read the primary documents I’ve provided and address the following as you answer the main question:
Compare and contrast the arguments by Lincoln, Douglass, and Alexander Stephens on the role of slavery as a cause of war:
In his “House Divided” speech, what did Abraham Lincoln think would end the sectional crisis between north and south?
According to Alexander H. Stephens, why was the new Confederate government founded on a stronger foundation than the U.S. Constitution regarding race and slavery?
Why did Frederick Douglass describe slavery as the “primary cause” of the Civil War?