A Divided Nation

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A Divided Nation

The nation divided into two, because there were issues involving slavery. The north did not want slavery, but the south did. So, feuds stirred up between the two sides, and caused a divide

History :A divided nation

Compromise of 1850The compromise of 1850 allowed California to enter the union as a free state. It was made up of 5 different laws, and the rest of the Mexican Cessesion was divided into Utah and New Mexico

Bleeding Kansas In 1856 Kansas had two opposing governments. The controversy over slavery began to affect everyone. Kansas broke out into civil war and 20 people were killed. John Brown then decided to take it too far, and killed 5 pro-slavery men in Kansas in 1856.

Election of 1860 Another presidential election came around where northern and southern democrats couldn't agree on a candidate. Douglas, Beckinridge, and Bell hoped Lincoln and knew he might not win the election. But Lincoln won the election with his strong Republican Party behind him.

The South Secedes Lincoln insisted that he would not change slavery in the south. However, Lincoln said slavery could and would not expand, so it would die out. This angered many southerners. South Carolina and other states wanted to secess (withdrawl from the union). Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas also seceded, to create Confederate States of America

Kansas-Nebraska ActThe Kansas-Nebaska apCar was introduced in 1854, and it was created by Stephan Douglas. This act had planned to divide the remainder of the Lousiana Purchase into two territories- Kansas and Nebraska

Dred Scott Decision The Supreme Court issued a historic ruling about slavery. The court added the complex case of Dred Scott. In 1846 Scott sue for freedom, because he had become free territory. The case was taken to Supreme Court years later, and there were impotant things to be considered. But the Supreme Court kept slavery rules the same, and Scott lost the case.


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