Covering up embarrassing or incriminating evidence has taken its toll in the Civil War as well as during the Civil War. The Civil War was able to be delayed for a later time through these compromises. The outcome they did not want was war, so they would try to keep the Northerners and Southerners satisfied through the means of compromise; basically telling them what they wanted to hear. With the Missouri Compromise, Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Compromise of 1850, the war had been able to be postponed for years to come. The Missouri Compromise was actually triggered by the request to permit slavery, in Missouri and in the year of 1819. As a result the North was not was not satisfied with the compromise. Nevertheless the times leading up to the Missouri Compromise of 1820, tensions started to commence between anti-slavery and pro-slavery. This was because Maine had been taken out of Massachusetts and was entered as a free state. This would help even everything out once more, was the thought. After this compromise then the Louisiana Purchase amendment established; An Imaginary line was drawn and slavery would not be accepted north of that boundary. Except for Missouri, slavery would be allowed. So then at the time, the United States had twenty-two states that were evenly divided with the slave and the free. The amendment that kept that imaginary line intact, was what kept that boundary between free and slave regions until the Kansas Nebraska Act came along. The Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854 created the territories of the states Kansas and Nebraska. Which would open new lands for the settlement. And in hopes of encouraging the settlement, the senator Stephen A. Douglas proposed that he organize the area west of Missouri into two separate but new territories; and these states were evidently Kansas and Nebraska. This proposal had triggered plenty of issues with the Southerners. This was because based on the Missouri Compromise; these new territories would then be join in on as Free states. As the end result of the Kansas-Nebraska act passed; it literally allowed slavery into areas where it was once not permitted
But as Americans pushed West in
hopes of territorial expansion, they encountered many problems. The North and South became
increasingly belligerent towards each other specifically over the controversies of slavery. Due
the nation annexing new lands, the status of slavery was on everyone’s minds. The Missouri
Compromise which was supposed to settle this debate failed to prevent the conflict. So a
dangerous crisis occurred. Although territorial expansion reflected the hopeful wishes of God…
was divided after the Northerners and Southerners failed to find a long-term, peaceful resolution over the issue of slavery. Though there were a few attempts to come to a formal decision on the dispute, most politicians avoided the topic of slavery since it was such a controversial subject. The few laws that were passed regarding the issue of slavery were not accepted as a fair compromise by citizens. They were often repealed and deemed unconstitutional. During the years of 1815-1861, the political…
eruption of the Civil War in 1861.
"By the 1850’s, the Constitution, originally framed as an instrument of national unity, had become a source of sectional discord."
This quotation suggests that
vast differences of opinion existed over the issue of States rights
Going back as far as the colonial era the northern and southern regions of America had differed greatly economically. The northern states were based mostly in manufacturing, trade and some agricultural production, while the southern…
Chapter 13: Chapter Outline
The following annotated chapter outline will help you review the major topics covered in this chapter.
Instructions: Review the outline to recall events and their relationships as presented in the chapter. Return to skim any sections that seem unfamiliar.
I. Manifest Destiny: South and North
The Push to the Pacific
In 1845, John L. O’Sullivan coined the phrase Manifest Destiny; he felt that Americans had a right to develop the entire continent as…
of Texas. (Battle of San Jacinto)
4. Why was the annexation of Texas politically toxic in the 1830s?
It would disrupt the sectional balance of power in the Senate, between free and slave states. Biggest issue is whether to allow slavery or make it a free state.
5. What was the dominant issue of the 1844 presidential election?
(‘Texas of Disunion’)
6. How was Texas annexed?
joint resolution (both houses of congress supported it under President Tyler)
7. How did Polk provoke war with Mexico…
1850s, this was an issue. The Kansas-Nebraska act proposed by Stephen Douglas meant that the transcontinental railroad would be moved up north for a terminus in Illinois. Due to the lack of railroad expansions in the south, pro-slavery states did not approve the act, yet wanted something in return. The deal was set in which the railroad was moved up north and Kansas and Nebraska was opened to Popular Sovereignty which repealed the Missouri Compromise and undercut the Compromise of 1850. The repeal…
1. The Panic of 1837 was a financial crisis in the United States that touched off a major recession that lasted until the mid-1840s. Profits, prices and wages went down while unemployment went up. Pessimism abounded during the time. The panic had both domestic and foreign origins. Speculative lending practices in western states, a sharp decline in cotton prices, a collapsing land bubble, international specie flows, and restrictive lending policies in Great Britain were all to blame. On May…
benefited slaves by providing them with food, shelter, and often Christian religion. Also, Fitzhugh argued that free laborers in northern factories were not treated any better than slaves.
Fugitive Slave Act of 1850/ Northern response: Part of the Compromise of 1850; a law that made it a crime to help runaway slaves; allowed for the arrest of escaped slaves in areas where slavery was illegal and required their return to slaveholders. The Fugitive Slave Act further deepened tensions between the North…
decisions which they
perceived as monarchical. The fiery competition between the two parties only hinted towards the much larger divisive
issue. The obvious and major issue that divided the Americans during the time was slavery and territorial expansion the two causes for the division of the U.S. into North and South. The term correlated with the territorial expansion of
the U.S. is Manifest Destiny. It was proclaimed by many Americans at the time that the United States’ Manifest
Destiny was to…
Brooks of South Carolina demonstrated the growing sectional conflict of the 1850s and foreshadowed the violence on the battlefield between armies of the North and the South.
The Compromise of 1850
Conflict over slavery in the territories began in the1840s, and by the end of the decade, had risen to a crisis point. Compromise was still possible, however, because the second party system was built on nationally-based parties with a vested interest in maintaining peace. Additionally, though sectionalism…