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Examine the various debates between the Northern states and the Southern states, which in due course instigated the American Civil War.

Topic: History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

1. Examine the various debates between the Northern states and the Southern states, which in due course instigated the American Civil War. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the various causes of American civil war.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context of American Civil war between northern states and southern states.

Body:

First, write major various factors that caused the outbreak of American civil war – Political, Economic and Social causes.

Next, examine whether the civil war was primarily a power conflict between the states or was fought for the issue of slavery? Give examples to substantiate your points.

Conclusion:

Pass a judgement regarding the primary cause of civil war.