Causes of the Civil War

Causes of the Civil War
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  • The Compromises of 1820 and 1850
  • Fugitive Slave Law
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The compromise of 1820 was also known as the Missouri Compromise. The Missouri Compromise created a line that went west called the 36 30' line. Every state north of the line was prohibited to slavery. The Compromise of 1850 consisted of 5 new laws. One of the most important laws was the Fugitive Slave Law.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act
  • Once a slave escaped to the north they were presumed to be free until the fugitive slave law was created. The new law caused escaped slave that went to the north to be returned back to the south.
  • Dread Scott Case
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin was written be Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book sold 300,000 copies within the first 3 months. The book had a major impact on the thoughts of slavery throughout the U.S.
  • Lincoln and Douglas Debate
  • Illinois
  • The Kansas Nebraska act introduced popular sovereignty.  Popular sovereignty allowed Kansas a d Nebraska to vote whether they wanted to be a free or slave state. This caused much violence in the U.S because people from other states would come to Kansas and Nebraska to vote.
  • A slave named Dred Scott was taken on a trip to the north by his owner and then brought back. Once they got back Scott went to the law and stated that he was a free man because he had been to the north. The Supreme Court decided that Scott was not a citizen of America therefore not granting him freedom.
  • In the 1858 election campaign against Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, The main topic was slavery. Lincoln was all anti-slavery while Douglas was pro-slavery. In the end of the election Douglas was elected president and worked to make the nation a more pro-slavery country.
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