We want to be a slave state, hope that's cool with all of you cuz you don't have a say anyways.
Dred Scott Case
Sorry man we can't do that, you're property.
I want my freedom!
We're done with you!
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 put popular sovereignty into place. Popular sovereignty allowed states to decide if they would be a free state or a slave state.
John Brown's Raid
I tried to help this country and I failed
Dred Scott was taken from Missouri to Illinois. He sued his owner for his freedom and the Supreme Court responded that slaves are property and the Constitution protects citizen's property.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
I just want my daughter to be safe and healthy.
Slavery was abolished and then South Carolina left the Union. Leaving the Union put the United States at war at last.
Fugitive Slave Law
You're gonna have to come with me
John Brown tired to lead a revolt against slavery but it didn't work and he was sentenced to death. Despite that it sparked a lot of fear in the South. Slave owners were scared that their slaves would start to revolt against them and they wouldn't be able to keep them under control and contained.
This was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe about slavery from the perspective of a mother. She wrote it in a way that all mothers could relate to and then the women reading it convinced their husbands to speak out against slavery.
The South could come up into the Northern states and recapture escaped slaves. However most of those escaped slaves were free African Americans that had never been enslaved.