Historians usually refer to the period before the American Civil War as a crisis in some way. The crises took many forms, however--sectional, social, and they even transcended directly into the polical arena (i.e. the caning of Charles Sumner). After reading the introductory piece on the war's causes, what stands out to you the most as a cause of crisis? Defend your position--as we all know, there were myriad causes to this war.