Social Studies project over slavery and the Civil War.
North and South Views
I am from the South. We support slavery because we make money from the help.
I am from the North. We oppose slavery because we believe all men are equal.
Should we enter as a free state?
The California Question
Or a slave state?
Compromise of 1850
The North and the South had very different views on slavery. Many of the Southern States secede, and laws are made on both sides of the nation depending on the views of the country.
Fugitive Slave Act
Run! Quickly! The soldiers are coming!
Many Californians opposed slavery. So if California became a free state, it would throw off the balance in the Union. This could put the whole nation into a war. California requested permission to enter as the Union as a free state.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
This was a compromise to all of the conflict over slavery. These laws let California into the Union as a free state, made Utah and New Mexico territories, and ended some disputes over the border of Texas and New Mexico.
Trouble in Kansas
Are you for or against slavery?
The Fugitive Slave Acts basically made it possible for people to take escaped slaves back to their owners. These Acts were very controversial because sometimes free slaves could be taken to owners that weren't theirs. Many slaves were falsely accused and had no right to a trial.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was a book on anti-slavery published in 1852. It tells the story of a slave named Tom, and how he saves a girl named Eva. They travel through quite a lot and the book ends with both of them dying. It shows quite a lot of bad things about slavery.
The Kansas-Nebraska let people inside of Kansas and Nebraska choose whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. Bleeding Kansas was when many violent acts were happening between abolitionists and pro-slavery people.