Social Studies Project Choice By: William M. Russel Read-1st Hour

Social Studies  Project Choice By: William M. Russel  Read-1st Hour

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  • Compromise of 1850: Popular Sovereignty 
  • Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
  • You have been sentenced to 6 moths in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine for helping a Fugitive Slave escape Federal custody.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin-1852
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Sold Here!!!
  • The Compromise of 1850 was caused by California's wanting to enter the Union as a Free-State. The Compromise consists of passing the Fugitive Slave Act, the slave trade being abolished in Washington D.C., and territorial governments being established in the Utah and New Mexico territories.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854- Bleeding Kansas
  • The Fugitive Slave Act was passed as part of the Compromise of 1850 to appease Southerners. The law made it to where people were responsible for turning in runaway slaves, and if they didn't, then they would be subject to fines of 1,000 dollars and 6 months imprisonment.
  • Dred Scott Decision of 1857
  • This Court hereby decrees that blacks cannot become citizens!
  • "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was a best-selling book in the 1800s. Only behind the Bible, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" sold 300,000 copies in three months, and with the book's topic essentially being the evils of slavery, a lot of peoples' views about slavery had changed.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820, and ruled that the Federal Government can not dictate where slavery is prohibited. Now, the States would choose to be a slave or free State with a vote by their populous. This caused many pro slave and anti slave settlers to travel to these States to try to influence the outcome of the vote. It didn't take long before people started killing each other.
  • The Dred Scott decision undermined the concept of popular sovereignty by disregarding the laws passed by individual States and created a greater divide between North and South because frankly, this should have been an open-and-shut case.  The conclusion reached by the Court stated that blacks could not become citizens, even though at the time the Constitution was written, there were ways for blacks to become citizens.
  • The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of 7, that were fought over 1 of Illinois' Senate seats. These debates would show whether or not the Democratic party could remain unified in the face of divisive ideas that were characteristic to the new Republican party.
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