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A Nation About to Break

  • The Wilmont Proviso

    The Wilmont Proviso
    An agreement in Congres was made that slaves were prohibited in the former Louisiana Territory, except Missouri.
  • The Fugitive Slave Act

    The Fugitive Slave Act
    No warrants were needed for this act. Northerners could go to jail and be fined for lack of cooperation. Slave catcher could pick up free African Americans and just say that they are slaves. The South liked this idea but the North despised it.
  • The Compromise of 1850

    The Compromise of 1850
    After 5 different laws to reach a compromise, the compromise of 1850 was formed. California became part of the union as a free state. Washington D.C. was where the first slave trade ended. The USA was beginning to balance out.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    It was originally proposed to support the building of the Mid-eastern transcontinental railroad. A vote was taken whether the territory should be free or a slave region. It was also to determine whether or not to divide it in two. The south liked it because there were more pro-slavery people there than anti-slavery. Many men kill others who supported the different sides. Kansas then earned the name "Bleeding Kansas".
  • Slavery Issues Influence Politics

    Slavery Issues Influence Politics
    A new party formed, the republicans. John Fremont outspoke in favor of admitting both California and Kansas as free states. The Democratic candidate was James Buchanan. He mad it clear that his main goal was to keep the country together.
  • The Dred Schott Case

    The Dred Schott Case
    Dred Scott was born a slave. For several years he lived in Illionois and Minnesoata as a free slave. He married and so did his previous owner. After his old owner died, his wife wanted the slaves back. Scott then tried to buy his freedom. He began a petition stating he was a slave, then a free man. The second time in court, the jury announced them free. Mrs. Emerson apealed and took the case to the Supreme Court. Scott was not white, so he was not a citizen and could not sue.
  • Lincoln and Douglas Debate

    Lincoln and Douglas Debate
    Abraham Lincoln is our first republican president. He did not want slavery to expand, he thought it would just crumble. Than Douglas wants the people to decide. So, they are debating over whether to leave the situation alone.
  • John Brown is Back

    John Brown is Back
    John Brown came up with a plan to retrieve slaves from Harpers Ferry. During his raid he seized: the federal arsenal, killing seven people, and injury ten or more. His plans were to arm the slaves with the weapons seized. His planned failed and he was captured. When he was captured he was sentenced to be hanged. Many Northerners celebrated after his hanging, in honor of his bravery.