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1 Chapter 3


3 How did the issue of slavery divide the union?

4  The Mexican-American War highlighted the issue of slavery in the United States  Wilmot Proviso – called for a ban on slavery in any territory that the United States gained for this war  Southerners denounced the proposal but it passed the Republican dominated House of Representatives

5  New political parties are ignited by the anti- slavery movement  Free-Soil Party – northern opponents of slavery

6  1850 California applied to enter the Union as a free state ( non-slave)  Compromise of 1850 – this measure admitted California as a free state but allowed other territory acquired from Mexico voter would get to decide  Popular Sovereignty – this is the idea of voters deciding for or against slavery in new states

7  The 1850 Compromise also included the Fugitive Slave Act.  Arrest suspected runaway slaves  No jury trial  Required citizens to help capture runaways

8  Harriet Beecher Stowe – author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, showed the plight of slaves in the south  “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war” President Lincoln

9  Kansas-Nebraska Act – divided the Nebraska Territory into Kansas and Nebraska, allowing voters in each territory to decide the issue of slavery

10  May 21 st 1856 proslavery forces attacked the free-state town of Lawrence, Kansas  John Brown – moved to Kansas hoping to confront the issue of slavery head-on  Brown and his men murdered five pro-slave settlers near Pottawatomie Creek

11  Opposition to slavery led to the creation of the new Republican Party in 1854  The presidential election of 1856  James Buchanan – he would “stop the agitation of the slavery issue (Democrat) “Won the election”  John C. Fremont – opposed the spread of slavery (Republican)

12  Dred Scott v. Sandford – the court ruled against Scott. The court ruled that blacks were not citizens and, therefore, were not entitled to sue in the courts

13  Abraham Lincoln – Republican challenger to Senator Stephen Douglas a Democrat  Lincoln called for political equality for African Americans but not immediate abolition  Douglas saw the issue of slavery as being solved by popular sovereignty

14  Brown saw the political process to slow in ending slavery and saw violence as the best answer.  Harpers Ferry, Virginia


16  How did the Union finally collapse into a civil war?

17  John Brown, Kansas, Supreme Court (Dred Scott), and the Fugitive Slave Act’s intrusion into the states’ independence further fueled the flames of war  Jefferson Davis – Mississippi senator, convinced Congress to restrict federal control over slavery

18  The Democrats held their nomination convention in Charleston, N.C.. They split their party over the issue of federal protection vs. popular sovereignty  John C. Breckinridge – nominated Vice President by southern Democrats

19  The Whigs joined the Know-Nothings to create the Constitutional Union Party with the platform to uphold “the Constitution of the country, the Union of the States and the enforcement of the laws”

20  Republicans held their convention in Chicago, they chose the more moderate Lincoln over William H. Seward because his antislavery views were deemed to radical

21  Lincoln won the election benefiting from the fracturing among the other political parties  He did not receive a single southern electoral vote and was not on the ballot in many southern states

22 LONG-TERM CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WARSHORT-TERM CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WAR  Sectional economic and cultural differences  Debate over expansion of slavery into the territories  Laws increased sectional tension  Growth of anti-slavery movement  Failed political compromises  Missouri Compromise  Compromise of 1850  Kansas-Nebraska Act  Kansas-Nebraska Act splits political parties  Breakdown of the party system  Lincoln elected President  South Carolina secedes from the Union

23  On December 20 th 1860 the South Carolina legislature decreed, “the union now subsisting between South Carolina and the other States, under the name of the ‘United States of America’, is hereby dissolved”

24  Confederate States of America – consisting of seven states formed their own union and wrote their constitution very similar to the U.S. Constitution with stress on states rights, Jefferson Davis was chosen as president

25  Crittenden Compromise – proposed a constitutional amendment allowing slavery in western territories south of the Missouri Compromise and called for federal funds to reimburse slaveholders for unreturned fugitives  Lincoln saw this as a step backward and the measure fail to get approval in Congress

26  Lincoln feared that he faced a challenge greater than that of George Washington’s

27  Lincoln was sworn in as President on March 4, 1861  He took a firm but conciliatory tone toward the South  Primary Source pg. 78

28  Fort Sumter – guarded the harbor at Charleston S.C., one of only four forts that remained in Union hands  Sumter was in need of supplies and Lincoln faced a dilemma of what to do…

29  Lincoln decides to send food, but not munitions to the fort  The Confederacy told the Fort Sumter garrison to surrender they refused and fighting began  April 15 th Lincoln declared that “insurrection” has come and called for 75,000 volunteers to fight the confederacy


31  What factors and events led to the Union victory in the civil war?

32  Civil War - April 1861 to April 1865  Goals:  North – preserve the Union  South – independence from the Union

33  The North had no issue increasing it’s production of ammunition, arms, uniforms, medical supplies, food, ships, and rail cars  Rail networks allowed for the easy movement of men and material  Strong navy blockaded vital southern ports

34  The advantages of the South were few, however their forces were committed, and had some of the brightest military minds  Robert E. Lee – he was offered a command of Union forces but chose to remain loyal to his native Virginia

35  The South had an advantage because they simply had to survive.  The North adopted a strategy designed to starve the South  Anaconda Plan – called for seizing the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico so the South could not send or receive goods

36  Both North and South could not gain an advantage  New weapons such as rifles, ammunition, and artillery, produced more than 10,000 casualties a day

37  Lack of clean and experienced medical care ensured many wounded died of infection rather then the wound

38  Emancipation Proclamation – presidential decree declared that “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” (pg. 83)

39  North ramped up production of goods, raised tariffs, imposed taxes, and printed money

40  A shortage of volunteers, lead to Congress passing the draft in 1863 (ages 20-45)  Riots broke out in several northern cities  Habeas Corpus – guarantees that no one can be held without specific charges against them

41  Most battles took place in the South and the starvation of the South seemed to be working  North and South issued paper money guaranteed by their governments  Inflation – price of increases

42  Women on both sides set up field hospitals and nursed wounded, harvested crops and held to home front

43  Ulysses S. Grant – Union General scored five victories in three weeks ending with the surrender of 30,000 Confederate troops

44  Battle of Gettysburg – destroyed one third of Lee’s forces and last major Confederate attempt to invade the North  Gettysburg Address – reaffirmed the ideas for which the Union was fighting (primary source p. 84)

45  William T. Sherman – led 60,000 troops 400 miles march of destruction through Georgia and S.C.  Total War – targeted not only troops but all resources  April 9, 1865 Lee surrendered to Grant in Appomattox

46  One third of northern and southern soldiers were killed or disabled  Southern landscape and economy were decimated  Deaths:  Union / North – 346,511  Confederate / South – 260,000  Soldiers killed – 606,511


48  What were the immediate and long-term effects of Reconstruction?

49  Reconstruction – bringing the South back into the Union  Lincoln wanted to “bind up the nation’s wounds”

50  Freedmen’s Bureau – federal agency designed to aid freed slaves and relieve the South’s immediate needs  Food, healthcare, schools, and fair labor contracts for freed slaves

51  Andrew Johnson – became President after Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865  Thirteenth Amendment – ended slavery  Radical Republicans – favored punishment of the South  Impeachment – act of bringing charges against an official in order to remove from office

52  Congress divided the South into five military districts under the control of Union Generals  Fourteenth Amendment – guaranteed full citizenship status and rights to every person born in the U.S.

53  By 1868 many southern states had black elected officials and were dominated by a strong Republican Party  Fifteenth Amendment – guaranteed that no male citizen could be denied the right to vote on the basis of race, color, or previous condition of servitude

54  For the first time former slaves could live “their” lives; families, employment, school, marriages…

55  Ku Klux Klan – secret society that used violence against African Americans and their white supporters  Primary source pg. 90

56  After a decade of Reconstruction the North began to lose interest in Reconstruction  Political and economic failures also played a part of diminishing interest

57  Over several years Democrats began to gain back control over Southern political arenas  Violence kept many African Americans from voting  S.C., F.L., and L.A. with large black populations remained under military occupation after 1876

58  Rutherford B. Hayes won the Presidential election without the popular vote  Electoral votes in dispute were those of F.L., L.A., and S.C.

59  De Jure Segregation – or legal separation of the races, became the law in all southern states

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