3.10 Causes of the Civil War

3.10 Causes of the Civil War
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  • Compromise of 1850- Popular Sovereignty 
  • This will mess up the balance in senators!
  • Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
  • Giving them money for bringing back slaves is favoring the south!
  • Slaves getting moved back to south
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin- 1852
  • Wow, now I know how bad slavery really is. I love this book.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The Compromise of 1850 dealt with California coming into the United States as a Free state. This, in turn, would have put the number of senators between the free and slave states out of balance. It involved having 5 laws passed to fix the issue; those being, adding California as a free state, organizing Southwestern territory, adjusting the border between New Mexico and Texas, abolishing the slave trade in the District of Columbia, and a tougher fugitive slave law. The colonist especially the ones in the South didn't favor the tougher Fugitive Slave laws. This was something that broke the Missouri Compromise.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854 / Bleeding Kansas
  • The Fugitive Slave law of 1850 was a law that was passed to get runaway slaves back to their owners. The law wasn't very successful though since many people thought that the law was favoring Southerners since if you captured a runaway and returned it back to the owner you would get paid more than if you were to free. Also, in the end, only about 330 slaves were returned.
  • Dred Scott Decision of 1857
  • Should we make slavery legal in the Western Territories?
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin after the fugitive slave laws were tightened. It became the best selling book during that time next to the Bible. This book influenced many peoples point of view on slavery.
  • Lincoln - Douglas debates of 1858
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Stephen Douglas
  • The Kansas Nebraska Act was passed so that people living in the Kansas or Nebraska could either allow or ban slavery within their borders. People in the North were not happy about this since it was violating the Missouri Compromise which was passed in 1820. But supporters of popular sovereignty were all about it.
  • The Dred Scott Decision was a decision made by the Supreme Court over whether or not slavery should be legal in the Western Territories. Many people argued that it would be breaking the Missouri Compromise line if it were to happen. This challenged the concept of popular sovereignty in the west.
  •   The Lincoln and Douglass debates were about the issue of slavery. They both had very different points of views. Lincoln believed that when the  Consitution says "We The People" it referres to everyone including black peple. He thinks that black people should have the same rights as whites. On the other hand, Douglas believes that black people should not be allowed to live among whites. He says that the people who wrote the Consitution did not think of blacks when they wrote "We The People".
  • Douglas Lincoln Debate!
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