Antebellum and Civil War Causes

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  • You northerners don't want slaves, but the southern economy depends on it!
  • Slavery Debate and Missouri Compromise
  • You're just mad that the Missouri Compromise made all states above the 36 30 parallel free states.
  • This is getting out of hand. I'm heading home. I'm sure dad will have his say.
  • States' Rights and Nullification
  • I know! Let's just ignore the tariffs. Wait, we should secede! That'll show em'. Come on Tom, I want to talk to your Uncle in GA about this.
  • With north and south on opposite ends of states' rights I don't know if it will be resolved. I wonder how my cousin feels?
  • South Carolina should be able to choose if it abides the trade tariffs.
  • Yes, Andrew Jackson's tariffs are hurting our economy. Our state should decide what rules it follows.
  • GA Platform and Compromise of 1850
  • Did you hear that California's going to be free! Hopefully New Mexico and Utah will use their votes to become slave states.
  • What do the Georgians think of this compromis Anne?
  • At least the Fugitive Slave Act went through, now all runaway slaves to free stateswill be brought back to us.
  • Well, we Georgians approve of the compromise. Come on, let's go inside.
  • Yay! A letter from James! I miss him so much!
  • Tom sees first hand the divisiveness between southerns and northerners on slavery. The Missouri Compromise helped ease the tension between the pro-slavery south and the anti-slavery north.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act and Dred Scott Case
  • Dear Tom, Did you hear about the Kansas Nebraska Act and popular sovereignty? This is where new states will vote if they'll be a free or slave state. Also good news, it repealed the Missouri Compromise! Father must be so happy. Have you been keeping up with the Dred Scott case? They ruled he wasn't a citizen since he was a slave, so couldn't sue for his freedom. They also said Congress couldn't prohibit slavery. Finally, a good Supreme Court ruling. I miss you and hope you come home soon! From, your loving brother James
  • How did that republican win? He wasn't even on the ballot in the South?! He better not try to take away our slaves!
  • Tom's father and his friends think that South Carolina should ignore, nullify, the trade tariffs and secede. They think states should make their own laws that best fit the state. Tom's family is also going to Georgia for a while.
  • 1860 Election
  • Surprise Tom! I've come to visit you and dad!
  • Um... now's not really a great time James. Lincoln just won the 1860 election and dad's not too happy.
  • Tom and his family discuss their hopes for the new states and the victory of the Fugitive Slave Act in the Compromise of 1850.
  • GA Secession and Alexander Stephens
  • If the Georgia General Assembly votes to secede, I think Alexander Stephens should be the vice president of the Confederacy due to his political background.
  • Thank you sir, but I think I should remind you that I oppose slavery.
  • While at his cousin's farm Tom receives a letter from his brother ,James, asking if Tom has heard about the new political topics of the country.
  • To: Tom Patriot Farm, Georgia 1857
  • Tom's brother visits as a surprise, but he comes at a harsh time. Abraham Lincoln just won the election and many southerners, like people from Georgia, are deciding if they should secede or stay with the Union.
  • I personally think Georgia should secede, my big farm needs the slave labor. Some dumb Georgians think we shouldn't becuase of our economic dependence with the country.
  • Tom and his dad attend a Georgia town hall meeting where arguments break out between Georgians who want to secede and those that don't. A candidate is also chosen to become VP of the Union.
  • No! Big farm owners like me need slavery. You just don't understand because you own a small farm that doesn't need slaves.
  • We shouldn't secede because we depend on the rest of the US to help our economy.
  • Isn't it ironic our VP doesn't like slavery, but that's a main reason why we seceded?
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