Causes of the Civil War Comic


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  • The Missouri Compromise
  • One day I will escape and become a free man...
  • Keep working! We have no time for rest!
  • South Carolina´s Nullification
  • I wonder what the president will do about this..
  • I heard that South Carolina threatened to secede from the nation!
  • Wow! It must be because they nullified the tariffs that they thought were so unfair.
  • Compromise of 1850
  • They're adding a new state called California? This means that there will be more free states than slave!
  • You go get the newspaper while I head in here.
  • Since you are still a slave, you're property of your master.
  • The Missouri Compromise of 1820 allowed Missouri to enter the US as a slave state. The tension between the two sides was a result of their debate over slavery. The south was pro-slavery and the north wasn´t so they tried to keep the representation in the senate equal so no one side would have more power.
  • The Dred Scott Case
  • I guess I can say goodbye to my freedom. Why do we have to be treated so unfairly?
  • In 1832, South Carolina nullified tariffs and threatened to secede. This is a good example of the states thinking that they have the right to be able to make their own laws instead of the national government making them. This was also the first major threat of secession which started the debate between seceding and staying in the Union.
  • Election of 1860
  • Welcome our new president, Abraham Lincoln!
  • Yes!
  • Ugh, no!!
  • Thank you so much!!
  • Hmm...I don't think that we should secede from the rest of the nation...
  • The Compromise of 1850 added California as a free state which caused unbalanced representation in the senate. There was also the Kansas-Nebraska Act which repealed both the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850. It also allowed states to vote on whether or not they would enter as a free or a slave state. (popular sovereignty)
  • Alexander Stephens
  • Well, since I am very loyal to all of my people. I will serve as the vice president of the Confederacy.
  • Excellent! Your experience makes your perfect for the job!
  • The Dred Scott case started with a slave, named Dred Scott, who traveled to the north and tried to file a lawsuit against his master. It eventually made it's way to the Supreme Court where they ruled that since he was a slave, he was property and couldn't file the lawsuit. This, like the Georgia platform, riled up abolitionists who were against slavery. The GA platform was when Georgia pushed the Compromise of 1850 through, so they could get the Fugitive Slave Act approved.
  • What an outrage!! I can't believe that they would rule it this way.
  • In the Election of 1860, a republican named Abraham Lincoln won which left the most southerners very angry because he wanted to abolish slavery. After he won, the southern states began to secede from the Union. Lincoln's main goal to keep the nation together did not succeed since the southern states created their own nation called the Confederation.
  • Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the Confederacy, was very important to the southern states seceding. Although he didn't like the idea of seceding, he remained loyal to his state in their decision to secede. He was voted to vice president because of his extensive, political background; governor, US Congressman, and senator of GA.
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