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  • Manifest Destiny
  • California Gold Rush
  • Compromise of 1850
  • North: We own California and you get $10 million to pay off debt in Texas. Deal?
  • South: Sounds good to me!
  • This was an era in America where many people had a desire to explore and a feeling of a sense of mission, believing that God had destines all Americans for western exploration. This was first made possible with the Louisiana Purchase, and later the Oregon Trail, which was a 2,500 mile-long trail and was part of the newly owned Oregon territory.
  • Popular Sovereignty & Rise of Anti-Slavery
  • Because of this westward expansion, many people found caves with major amounts of gold in them. This caused many, many people to begin moving westward and started the California Gold Rush. 
  • South Secedes from North
  • The Compromise of 1850 was a compromise between the North and South. This compromise stated that the South receives $10 million for the debt of Texas and that North owns California and make it an anti-slave state. The North benefited from this Compromise the best because making California anti-slave tipped the Senate against the South
  • Civil War
  • We declare war on the North!!
  • Popular sovereignty was an unwritten law that said people of a territory can decide if slavery will be allowed in there. The South did not like this, as most states in the west and north became "free-soil", or slave-free, states and there were more anti-slave states than slave states in the South. The abolition of slavery also began to rise, as there were movements such as the American Anti-Slavery Society and books were written about slavery such as "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
  • We don't need to be part of the Union! We will create our own government!
  • The first state to secede from the United States was South Carolina, followed by six other southern states. They formed their own form of government known as the Confederacy. The primary reason for their secession was the threat the South felt of slavery being abolished.
  • The Civil War begins 1861, a year after Lincoln's election between the North and the South.
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