why did the northern republican states fight against their fellow countrymen to free enslaved blacks in the south?

In my country called Canada, some ink was written on paper and slavery was over. thats it, end of discussion.

in america for some reason, the south succeeded from the union.

what was the reason for their traitorous actions?

shouldn't the south have wanted slavery to be done away with, since it made america less powerful?

12 Answers

  • 4 months ago
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    The north fought the south because the south seceded from the union. They became traitors to the constitution of the united states because the south did not want to give up the slaves without a fight. 

  • 4 months ago

    Canada didn't have an economy built up on slave labor.  The American South did.

  • User
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    That's not really why they fought.

    The real reason was: to "preserve the Union".

    The politicians determined that the Southern States did not have the right to secede from the United States.

    The primary purpose of the Civil War was to keep the Southern states as part of the United States.

    The Southern States seceded because they wanted to continue slavery


    **in the opinion of major slave owners**

    who were also the wealthiest and most influential politicians in the South

    were the source of their wealth (slaves and the land).

    Simply put: they felt that the liberation of the slaves would undermine their source of wealth, that having to pay "freeman's wages" would be a huge expense that they did not have to shoulder as long as they had slaves instead.

    There was probably also the fear of a large population of freed slaves - now free to get involved in society and now free to VOTE. (I.e. slavery allowed strict segregation, and prevented slaves from voting, and abolishing slavery would eradicate that strict segregation and create in an instant a very large anti-slave-owner voting base.)

    However: I suspect that was secondary, that by far the primary motivating factor was the belief (of the wealthy, influential class) that their source of wealth was being undermined.

  • Jake
    Lv 5
    4 months ago

    Slavery is a great moral evil and so offensive to God it can divide a nation and threaten its unity and survival.  As Our Lady of Fatima has told us, war is a punishment sent by God for the sins of His people.

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  • 4 months ago

    1- Canada never had slavery. This paper you speak of was in the British Empire and what was to become Canada was still in it.

    2- You have asked this same question before.

    3- What does any of this have to do with religion and/or spirituality? 

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Southerners would not abide by what would be Republican majority rules.

  • 4 months ago

    Northern republican states didn't fight against their fellow countrymen to free enslaved blacks in the south, moron. They fought to keep their fellow countrymen's states from seceeding. The fellow countrymen wanted to seceed to be able to keep slavery.


    Emancipation Act was proclaimed almost  three years after the start of the war. It had a strategic economic intent, to drain the south of its labor source, and, most importantly, a diplomatic intent to keep European countries, mainly Great Britain, from recognizing the Confederacy. There was nothing altruistic about it.

  • Daddio
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Seceded. Obviously writing on paper was not going to work here

  • a2yar
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    The civil war was not primarily ablout slaves. Read some books.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    The Illuminati manipulated the South into fighting to keep their blacks mens. Most Southernites wanted to trade the blacks for magic beans.

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