What did the Union states believe?

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The Union or northern states had several beliefs during the Civil War. The North believed that the power of the federal government was supreme. They felt it was illegal for states to reject laws that they didn’t like. The northern states believed such a system would lead to chaos and...

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The Union or northern states had several beliefs during the Civil War. The North believed that the power of the federal government was supreme. They felt it was illegal for states to reject laws that they didn’t like. The northern states believed such a system would lead to chaos and confusion. The North didn’t support the states’ rights theory and the nullification concept that the South supported.

The North also believed secession was illegal. They didn’t feel states could leave the country just because they didn’t like a law. The North understood that this was part of the reason for which they were fighting. The North wanted to conquer the South and bring it back into the Union.

The North was also fighting to abolish slavery. The North was concerned that slavery would spread if the South remained in the Union. The North wanted the results of the Civil War to end the debate about and the existence of slavery forever.

The North had very strong beliefs that they were fighting to retain during the Civil War. The North understood for what ideas it was fighting.

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