Causes of the Civil War

Causes of the Civil War

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  • Missouri Compromise
  • Oh dear! Another slave state added to the Union! The spread of slavery is getting worse! At least we have Maine as a free state now...
  • Yes! Missouri has been added as a slave state! This is just one step closer to having a totally slave-working country! Only bummer is that Maine was added as a free state...
  • Kansas - Nebraska Act
  • Ohhhh, this popular sovereignty thing is killing me!! I really hope the people choose for the new admitted states, Nebraska and Kansas, to be free states!
  • I really hope the people vote for slavery in these new states ! The spread of slavery is essential to the growth of our country.
  • Compromise of 1850
  • My slaves keep ESCAPING!!! This stricter Fugitive Slave Act should bring back my slaves. Then I'll teach them not to ever try leaving again.
  • When the state of Missouri was added, it was added as a slave state. To keep the number of slave and free states equal, up North, Maine was added as a free state.
  • Underground Railroad
  • A state was either added as a slave state or a free state. When Kansas and Nebraska were added, the president at the time, Franklin Pierce, allowed the people to vote on whether the states were free or slave. This was called Popular Sovereignty.
  • Dred Scott Court Case
  • California came into the Union as a free state, but New Mexico and Utah were voted as either slave or free by popular sovereignty. This act also made the Fugitive Slave Act.
  • Abraham Lincoln - Election of 1860
  • A series of secret buildings and routes led by Whites and free Blacks to help lead African American slaves to freedom in the North.
  • This court case declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional. This meant that the entire nation would be open to slavery and under the 5th amendment, the government could not take away one's property, and slaves were considered as property.
  • Abraham Lincoln was “A man who promised to STOP the spread of slavery” who set the stage for the Civil War.
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