Civil War Storyboard

Civil War Storyboard

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  • Conor McGregor
  • I am Conor McGregor, I am an Irish immigrant who wants to explore America
  • Trip to Missouri
  • Missouri really wants to be a slave state, eh?
  • Dred-Scott case
  • I hereby invalidate the Missouri Compromise!
  • Conor has recently moved to America from Ireland after suffering from a potato famine. He will investigate the current situation of America.
  • Eli Whitney, the man
  • The Missouri Compromise was implemented after Missouri petitioned to be a slave state. It was declared a slave state, but Maine was declared a free state. Slavery was banned north of 36° 30'. This upset Southerners.
  • Texas, yeeeeeehawwwwww
  • The Supreme Court denied Dred Scott's plea in the Dred-Scott decision and invalidated the Compromise of 1820 which placed restrictions on slavery. Northern abolitionists were angry and this also led to the election of Lincoln in 1860.
  • John Brown has courage!
  • Martyr or murderer???
  • Eli Whitney is the inventor of the cotton gin. He is the man who contributed greatly to making cotton a profitable cash crop in the South, thus making slavery prominent there. The South became very dependent on cotton, and thus the need for slaves increased.
  • Wow, you're quite famous. You invented the cotton gin! I aspire to be like you one day.
  • The annexation of Texas was a big problem at this time. It first posed the issue of how states will be declared as free or slave states. Southerners wanted to make it a slave state, while Northerners wanted it to be slave-free. This intensified their anger towards each other.
  • Texas has declared itself the Lone Star Republic and is independent from Mexico. Cool stuff.
  • John Brown was an abolitionist. He seized the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, with the intent of arming slaves and starting a slave rebellion. He killed a few people, and although his plan failed, he was hanged for murder and treason. To some Northerners, he was a martyr, but to Southerners, he was a murderer.
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