Abolition Reform

  • Tallmadge Amendment

    This movement that first came about in an effort to eliminate slavery in Missouri by creating a law that stated when every slave turned 25 they would be set free. As well, there would be no more slave importation to the state of Missouri. However, this Amendement was a failure.
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    Abolition Movements

  • Missouri Compromise

    The Missouri Compromise is known as one of the first anti/pro slavery debates in the U.S. and resulted in Missouri being admitted as a slave state. However, this upset the balance of slave and free states in the country, so to resolve that problem Maine was admitted as a free state. As well, any state north of Missouri's southern border in the Louisiana Purchase would now have to be admitted as a free state. In this way Congress would please both sides.
  • American Anti-Slavery Society

    The American Anti-Slavery Society began in 1833 and lasted for about three decades. William Lloyd Garrison, the society's founder, campaigned that slavery was illegal under natural law and saw the Constitution as a "covenant from Hell." The society grew to 1,350 chapters with over 250,000 members who lead riots against anything that pertained to slavery.
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    Southern Methodists and Baptists split

    By 1844-1845, the southern baptists and methodists had split with the north due to the issue of different slave cases in the south. The secession of these denominations in the south foreshadowed the secession of the southern states.
  • War With Mexico

    The war with Mexico came about over the issue of slavery in the area of Texas due to the fact that the Americans in Texas were pro slavery and the Mexicans in Texas were against it. The Whig Party and anti-slavery groups made it clear that they strongly opposed of the war. This lead to heated debates lead by these groups that pointed towards an American civil war. However the Compromise of 1850 seemed to calm things down for that moment,
  • Compromise of 1850

    Henry Clay proposed this Compromise of 1850. It created California as a free state, and also created two new territories of Utah and New Mexico. In these territories, people were able to decide whether to have slaves or not. Slave trade was abolished in the District of Columbia. Finally, the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 made it easier for Southerners to recapture their runaway slaves in the north. This compromise pleased both the north and the south.