Causes of the Civil War

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  • Slavery Part 1
  • Get back to work!
  • Slavery Part 2
  • Did you hear about Abraham Lincoln and Dred Scott?
  • Yeah! They're good people!
  • Compromises Part 1
  • How about this. Missouri becomes a slave state and Maine becomes a free state.
  • Sounds good to me.
  • One of the causes of the Civil War was slavery. Northern states were against slavery while Southern states supported it. They argued about new states becoming free or not. Two of the events that caused the dispute over slavery were the Missouri Compromise and the Dred Scott case.
  • Compromises Part 2
  • Shall Georgia approve the Compromise of 1850?
  • Some people who were at the heart over the disputes over slavery were Abraham Lincoln and Dred Scott. The Southerners didn't like Lincoln being President because they feared that he would end slavery. Dred Scott sued for his freedom in 1846. The Supreme Court denied his lawsuit. This caused a lot of tension between the North and the South.
  • States' Rights Part 1
  • The federal government's rights are more important!
  • No! The states's rights are more important!
  • The types of compromises that were created to try and create less tension between Northern and Southern states were the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. The Missouri Compromise made Missouri a slave state and Maine a free state. The Compromise of 1850 allowed slaves to be returned to their owners if they were caught in the North.
  • States' Rights Part 2
  • Georgia needs to seceed!
  • No it doesn't!
  • Led by Alexander Stephens, Georgia approved the Compromise of 1850 because of the Fugitive Slave Act. This was called the Georgia Platform. The event that caused the Southern states to secede was the Election of 1860. Abraham Lincoln won the election, and he was an abolitionist. Because of this, the Southern states feared that he would end slavery.
  • Yes!
  • The North believed that the federal or national government's rights were more important while the South thought that the states' rights are more important. Sectionalism and nullification played a role in states' rights. The South believed that they could secede from the Union whenever they wanted. Also, the South did not want the tariffs.
  • Georgia thought secession wasn't necessary. However, ultimately, they vote in favor of secession.
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