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Testing the New Nation 1820-1877. The Civil War 1861-1865 Slavery as a major issue of the war. The “peculiar institution” Slavery as a major issue of.

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1 Testing the New Nation

2 The Civil War Slavery as a major issue of the war. The “peculiar institution” Slavery as a major issue of the war. The “peculiar institution” Slavery survived on its own biological reproduction and created a unique culture Slavery survived on its own biological reproduction and created a unique culture America was seen as a “model of social and political enlightenment” America was seen as a “model of social and political enlightenment”

3 Decreasing Slavery 1787: no slavery in Old Northwest 1787: no slavery in Old Northwest 1808: importation of slavery banned 1808: importation of slavery banned 1820: Missouri Compromise 1820: Missouri Compromise

4 Missouri Compromise

5 Increasing Slavery 1790s: Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin 1790s: Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin 1840s: land acquired from the Mexican War (TX to Cal.) reopens the question of slavery 1840s: land acquired from the Mexican War (TX to Cal.) reopens the question of slavery

6 Cotton Gin

7 Events to Come Compromise of 1850 Compromise of 1850 Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854 Dred Scott Decision 1857 Dred Scott Decision 1857

8 Questions to be Addressed (write this down in your notes) Could a country based on popular consent deny its citizens the right to independence? Could a country based on popular consent deny its citizens the right to independence? How did America survive this war? How did America survive this war? How did America put the country back together after the war was over? How did America put the country back together after the war was over?


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