In “Causes of the American Civil War,” the informational text explores the causes of the American Civil War and the growing hostility between the Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders. The cultural divide between the American North and South was never more striking than it was in the 1800s. This conflict would eventually reach a breaking point and culminate in the American Civil War. As you read, identify the key ideas on slavery that created conflict between the North and the South. This informational text is for grade 11. Causes of the American Civil War by CommonLit is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.