Antebellum era Ben Nichols and Tim Wang

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  • Heightening Tensions
  • We need slavery, MY money depends on it! If we didn't have it, I would be poor!
  • Well, you get so much money, you should at least pay them for their work, or you should do it yourself!
  • Main character
  • Compromises Were Made
  • I'm a runaway slave, but I got caught in the North because of the fugitive slave act. I have to shoot for Canada next time.
  • The Last of the Compromises
  • NOOOOO!!! My house!
  • And so our tale begins, with a divided nation on the brink of war. There is a tear in the US and it seems nothing can mend it. Slavery was one of the main factors in this tear. Southerners have lived on plantations with slaves their whole lives, while northerners believe factory work is the way to go. The argument heats up, but compromises were made to decide which states were slave or free.
  • Sectionalism
  • SC comes first, US comes second!
  • To try to repair the hole in the nation, there were compromises proposed. The first was the Missouri Compromise, and it let Missouri enter as a slave state, but Maine entered as a free state. Also, any state above the 36 30 parallel line is automatically free. Then came the Compromise of 1850, which let California enter as a free state, and the Fugitive slave act was enforced, making it so that if runaway slaves were caught in the north, they were returned to their master.
  • The Dividing Case
  • Dred Scott has no right to sue in the first place!
  • During the Compromise of 1860, Georgia did support this, but only because of the Fugitive Slave Act. The last compromise made was the Kansas Nebraska Act. This act let new states decide on whether they were free or slave states, called popular sovereignty. When Kansas was entering as a new state, people rushed there from fee and slave states to vote on the matter. Things got out of hand and violence quickly evolved to non-formal warfare.
  • Secession in the US
  • Georgia is seceding from the Union!
  • During all of this chaos, South Carolina was like "We're better than the whole country", but they weren't. This was a common argument on states' rights. The north wanted the US first, but the south didn't. When the north imposed taxes on exports, Great Britain retaliated and imposed tariffs of their own. SC did not like this, and they said, "We ain't gon' do this", but Andrew Jackson said, "If you don't impose these tariffs, we will invade South Carolina", so SC said that they would.
  • As this story is progressing, there is a man by the name of Dred Scott. This man was was a slave taken to free territory, and when he returned, he sued for his freedom. This case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court, gathering fame on the way. During this case, the country was divided, the abolitionists wanting his freedom, and the and pro-slavery people wanting him to stay a slave. The decision shocked the nation. He was a slave and had no right to sue, so he remained a slave.
  • That's so cruel, this man should be free
  • Now, with tensions boiling over, the election of 1860 will be the deciding factor for secession by the south. When the votes are counted, Abraham Lincoln wins, and SC confirms that it will secede. Georgia also had a debate over secession, some people wanted to leave, some feared what would happen, considering that secession was illegal. Alexander Stephens was a leader in the anti-secession group, but it was of no avail. GA seceded. Ironically, Stephens was elected VP of the Confederacy.
  • Nooooooooo!!!
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