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Why was the American Civil War inevitable?

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I think a more appropriate answer would be that the Civil War was inevitable from the founding of separate colonies in the Chesapeake area and New England in the 1600's. The southern economy was agricultural because the area had good soil and long growing seasons which lent itself to large scale agronomy. This situation did not exist in the North, where thin soil and short growing seasons made shipping and manufacturing the only reasonable method of economic success.

Differences between the two arose not so much over slavery (although it was always the gigantic elephant in the room) as over issues such as the Tariffs imposed to protect Northern industry which were injurious to the southern economy. The first serious threat...

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