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5 Growing Tensions Between North and South

6 North and South Take Different Paths
Northern Economy Based on Industry and Commerce Growth of Northern Cities Eastern and Midwestern states develop strong ties Southern Economy Based on Plantation System Few wealthy planters controlled Southern Society Planters relied on exports for profit South had little industry

7 Controversy over Territories
California wants to come into US as a FREE state Would disrupt the balance of power between slave and free states in Congress Southerners wanted to divide the state into 2 halves

8 Compromise of 1850 Proposed by Henry Clay 2 Main Terms…

9 Compromise of 1850 California admitted as FREE state Pleases North
slave trade is abolished in Washington, D.C. Pleases North Congress would not pass laws regarding slavery for rest of territories won from Mexico pass stronger law to help slave owners recapture runaway slaves Pleases South


11 Fugitive Slave Act Helped slave owners recapture runaway slaves
People accused could be held without arrest warrant No right to jury trial Required Northerners to help recapture runaway slaves Sometimes free African Americans were captured Fines and jail for those who did not cooperate, helped slaves escape


13 Do I break the law and oppose slavery?WHY?????????
Moral Choice…. Do I obey the law and support slavery, Or Do I break the law and oppose slavery?WHY?????????

14 Uncle Tom’s Cabin Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Portrayed the moral issues of slavery Book centers on main character’s life under three owners

15 Kansas-Nebraska Act (Notes)
Background info: Stephen Douglass drafted a bill to organize Nebraska territory into two territories – Nebraska and Kansas Suggested decision of slavery should be decided by Popular Sovereignty

16 Kansas-Nebraska Act Popular Sovereignty
System where the residents vote to decide an issue (in this case they are voting on slavery) If passed, would get ride of Missouri Compromise by allowing people to vote for slavery where it had been banned Passed in Congress and became law


18 “Bleeding Kansas” (Notes)
Fire-eaters: Those that were “Pro-slavery” Jayhawkers: Those that were “Anti-slavery”

19 “Bleeding Kansas” Proslavery and antislavery settlers flood into Kansas territory to vote on issue of slavery 5,000 Missourians came over and voted illegally New Kansas legislature was now packed with proslavery representatives Antislavery settlers boycotted new government Settlers on both sides get violent

20 “Bleeding Kansas” Proslavery mob attacks Lawrence, Kansas
Abolitionist John Brown seeks to avenge the “Sack of Lawrence” Goes to cabins of proslavery neighbors and murders 5 people. Civil War breaks out in Kansas

21 “Bleeding Kansas”

22 Republican Party Forms
Created by split of Whig Party Northern: against the K-N Act Southern: for K-N Act Republicans gain strength in the North

23 Election of 1856 Republican Democratic Know-Nothing Against For Split
John Fremont James Buchanan Millard Fillmore Party Republican Democratic Know-Nothing Stand on Slavery Against For Split

24 Election of 1856 James Buchanan Wins!

25 The Case of Dred Scott Scott was a slave in Missouri
Owner had taken him to live in territories where slavery was illegal Owner dies and Scott sues for his freedom

26 Dred Scott v. Sandford Case reaches Supreme Court
Said Dred Scott was a slave, not a citizen, so he could not sue in U.S. courts Also rules that Congress could not ban slavery in the territories This would violate slaveholders’ 5th Amendment property rights Huge setback for abolitionist movement!!

27 Dred Scott v. Sandford “The language of the Declaration of Independence is equally Conclusive: ... We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among them is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. 

28 Dred Scott v. Sandford The general words above quoted would seem to embrace the whole human family, and if they were used in a similar instrument at this day would be so understood. But it is too clear for dispute, that the enslaved African race were not intended to be included, and formed no part of the people who framed and adopted this declaration…..

29 Dred Scott v. Sandford …Yet the men who framed this declaration were great men -- high in literary acquirements -- high in their sense of honor, and incapable of asserting principles inconsistent with those on which they were acting. They perfectly understood the meaning of the language they used, and how it would be understood by others; and they knew that it would not in any part of the civilized world be supposed to embrace the negro race”

30 Lincoln-Douglass Debates
Slavery was a moral, social, and political wrong. Douglass Argued that popular sovereignty was the best way to address slavery

31 "A house divided against itself cannot stand
"A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved-I do not expect the house to fall-but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.” -Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, June16, 1858

32 John Brown Attacks Harpers Ferry
Brown wants to inspire slaves to fight for their freedom Planned to capture weapons arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia

33 John Brown Attacks Harpers Ferry
Kills 4 people in the raid Sends word to rally and arm local slaves But no slaves join the fight!! Brown and his men captured and executed Abolitionists tolled bells and fired guns in salute

34 “Bleeding Kansas”

35 Lincoln’s Election and Southern Secession
Ch. 15-4

36 Election of 1860

37 Southern States Secede
Lincoln had said he would do nothing to abolish slavery Southerners did not trust him Saw Republican victory as a threat to the Southern way of life Warned if Lincoln won, the Southern states would secede, or withdrawal from the Union

38 Southern States Secede
South Carolina secedes first Followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas Formed the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis – President of the Confederacy

39 Efforts to Compromise Fail
Efforts for Compromise fail Lincoln assured South again he would not abolish slavery Lincoln stated he would not invade the South, but he would not abandon the Union’s property there Would need to supply several forts in the South, including Fort Sumter, S. Carolina…

40 Critical Thinking States’ Rights – theory that states had the right to judge when the federal government had passed an unconstitutional law Do you think the Southern states seceded to protect slavery or states’ rights?? Defend your answer

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