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Let's Go Back In Time
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Slave-owners in the South were dependent on cotton production, so they feared that if Lincoln abolished slavery, their cotton production would also come to a halt.
Southerners were huge supporters of slavery, while the Northerners were not. They were constantly split over the decision of whether or not a state should be free, creating tension in the nation.
Dred Scott Decision
Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel ignited anger in the South by her portrayal of the South. The North was led to believe that slavery was inhumane, while the south condemned them for their perception.
Since the Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed for popular sovereignty, Southerners sent "border ruffians" there to influence the decision, and Northerners sent abolitionists there by the new England Emigrant Aid company.
Northerners were enraged that even in free territory, slaves were not free. Southerners also came to view the Missouri Compromise as unconstitutional because of this ruling.
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