The issue of slavery was a highly
divisive factor in our early country. The motivations for and against slavery
had political, economic, and moral origins. Eventually, the Civil War erupted
largely due to an inability to solve the debate over slavery in a peaceful
manner. Moreover, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and the consequent increased
activity of the Underground Railroad were specific major contributing factors
to the start of the Civil War in
the United States.