Antebellum Comic

Antebellum Comic

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  • Missouri Compromise of 1820
  • 36, 30 Line
  • Dred Scott Case
  • Sectionalism
  • We're NOT American. WE ARE SOUTHERNERS!!!
  • One of the compromises to try to ease the tensions between the abolitionists and the pro-slavery citizens was the Missouri Compromise of 1820. This decided that Missouri, a new state, was to be a slave state, and to even the number of slave:free states, Maine was made into a free state. Also, the Missouri Compromise was created at the 36 degree North line, and the 30 degree South line. Any new states above this line were to be a free state, and any new state sout of it, was to be a slave state.
  • Compromise of 1850
  • The creation of California as a free state will be balanced by the creation of the Fugitive Slave Act!
  • One of the causes of the Civil War was the Dred Scott Case. Dred Scott, a slave, was taken to Wisconsin Territory and brought back to Missouri. There was a rule at the time that stated "Once free, always free". Dred Scott got new master after his died, and he was made a slave. He filed a lawsuit against his new master and went to court. Eventually, the case went to the Supreme Court. It was decided that Dred Scott was to be a slave, the once free, always free" rule no longer applied, and Congress could not prohibit slavery. This caused many people to be upset and the dispute over slavery intensified.
  • Nullification
  • States' rights were a very disputed topic during the Antebellum Era. The North and South had very different viewpoints on states' rights. The south agreed with sectionalism, the love for your state or region of the country more than the country as a whole, while the North did not agree with the idea of having more pride in their state than country.
  • The Underground Railroad
  • The Compromise of 1850 resolved dispute between the North and South over whether California, a new state, would be a free state or slave state. The Compromise of 1850 stated that California was to enter the United States as a free state. Also, it created the Fugitive Slave Act. The Fugitive Slave Act stated that any escaped slaves that were found in the North had to be returned to the South.
  • Like sectionalism there are very different viewpoints on nullification, one of the leading causes of the Civil War. Nullification means to refuse to accept. During the Antebellum Era, the South nullified the laws created by the North. This pushed forth the secession of the South, because the South felt that it was smarter to make their own nation so that they no longer have to follow the laws created by the North. Georgia was not in favor of secession like many other southern states were.
  • The Underground Railroad is the name of a network of secret passages and safe houses that the slaves used to escape to the North. Abolitionists helped these slaves by letting them stay in their homes and guiding them along paths to the next safe place even though it was against many state laws and it was unconstitutional. Some 100,000 slaves escaped through underground Railroad.
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