Causes of the Civil War Discussion: Long and short range causation, events happen in context.
 What caused the South to Secede?  What made the North so determined to hold the Union?  Did these decisions depend on people, short range events or long range trends?  Which are more valuable sources, speeches of the times, or historical articles from the 1990s? The South seceded because they thought they had the right, that the North would let them go in peace, and that they could defend themselves if they had to, and that they would win. Economic Causes