Causes of Civil War
Updated: 11/6/2018
Causes of Civil War
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  • Compromise of 1850 - Popular Sovereignty
  • Hmmm, Let's amend the Fugitive Slave Act and let's let California in as a free state.
  • Good idea sir!
  • Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
  • Get back here!
  • Ahhhhh!
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin - 1852
  • The Compromise of 1850 amended the Fugitive Slave Law and abolished the slave trade in Washington D.C. It also let California enter the union as a free state as well as letting Utah become a territorial government.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act - 1854
  • The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 allowed the assistance of citizens to help catch fugitive slaves. It denied slaves the right to a trial by jury and it made you have a $1000 fine and 6 months in jail if you interfered with this process.
  • Dred Scott Decision of 1857
  • Dred Scott shall still be a slave!
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin was a book published in 1852 by Harriet Beecher Stowe that dealt with how slavery was evil and the Fugitive Slave Law was unjust.
  • Lincoln- Douglas Debates of 1858
  • Our country can't stay divided over this issue of slavery! It must leave forever!
  • The Kansas Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise that prohibited slavery past the 36, 30 line. It also allowed Kansas and Nebraska territories to choose if they become a free or slave state.
  • Dred Scott tried to sue his owner for taking him out of a free state after he'd been there. The court said that Dred Scott was property of is owner and property could not be taken without due process of the law.
  • What???!!!
  • Lincoln says that a house divided against itself cannot stand and Douglas says that our country will be fine if we have popular sovereignty in the states. Lincoln also says that slavery violates the constitution where it says that all men are created equal. In the end, Douglas won the election but Lincoln had more popular votes which signaled a shift in the character of the state.
  • Our country can function perfectly fine the way it is with popular sovereignty! Blacks are and always will be slaves!
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