These examples would explain how the lives of Southerners would be ruined and that the country would come to an end if slaves were freed. On page 22, Dew gave portions of a speech, by Governor John J. Petus of Mississippi that was given to the state legislature. In this speech he said, “Secession was the only way to avoid the blight of Black Republicans politics and free Negro morals”, he continued to say that if slaves were freed, Mississippi would become “a cesspool of vice, crime and infamy” (22). Petus was attempting to rationalize that the state would become a haven of criminals if slaves were freed. What he was more than likely concerned with was the idea of losing the vast revenue accrued from slavery, but he used scare tactics to get approval for secession.
Prelude to Civil War DBQ By the 1850's the Constitution, originally framed as an instrument of national unity, had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the failure of the union it has created. It is known that the union did not last that’s why the Civil War happened. If everyone could agree on what the constitution implied, then there probably would not have been a civil war. From many of the documents, there are arguments about what the constitution states. "To the Argument, that the word 'slaves' and 'slavery' are not to be found in The Constitution, and therefore it was never intended to give any protection or countenance to the slave system, it is sufficient to reply, that no such words are continued in the instrument, other words were used, intelligently and specifically, to meet the necessities of slavery."
Within the book there were many reasons that explained why the nation failed to end slavery but the main reason being the fear that Georgia and South Carolina’s would refuse to join the union if they were forced to abolish it. This fear caused the road blocked that forced this topic to be set aside during the Constitutional convention in 1787 and all others failure with half enforced laws years afterwards. The fear of losing both Georgia and South Carolina was a challenge the young America was not prepared to handle, there are many historical records that support this theory. Reading through this book I
The Fugitive Slave Act was an act that was in included in the Compromise of 1850. This act declared that all slaves that run away must be returned to their slave owners. There were many sides to this act and many fights between the North and the South about it. The Compromise of 1850 was a bill that focused on slavery. It said that there is free states, the North, and there are slave states, the South.
What Role Did Compromise Play In Delaying The Civil War. Compromises were a way to stop or slow the spread of slavery to the northern states and to the territories to the west. It also was keeping the nation united by trying to give everyone something that they wanted. As of 1850 there were an equal number of free states and slave states. As territories were considered for statehood, the government wanted to be sure that there was an equal number of free and slave states admitted.
The main weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation are that it legislated for states but not for individuals. Congress had no power to tax or regulate trade. It lacked power to control commerce. And it was too difficult to change any of the articles. Then the Constitution was put into place 1787 to overthrow the Articles of Confederation.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act The Kansas-Nebraska Act was important because, Kansas and Nebraska became slavery Outlawed states. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The Kansas-Nebraska Act was a bill that dealt with issues of slavery in new territories, like the Compromise of 1850. The territories of Kansas and Nebraska wanted to become states, but the problem was would they become slave or free states. The south wanted Kansas and Nebraska to become slaveholding states because the south wanted slavery to spread across.
He had no intention of ending slavery where it existed, or taking back the Fugitive Act Law. This statement made a lot of people angry, and the Confederation. They attack Fort Sumter, and the war broke out. The federal government didn’t know what to do with the escaped slaves. Some put them to work for the Union forces and
Vanessa AP US History Period 3 Mr. Catalinich 31 January 2012 Events in the 1850’s that Contributed to the Causes of the Civil War In order to get back their “property”, the South pushed Congress to pass the Fugitive Law of 1850 as a part of the Great Compromise that postponed war between the North and South for four years. The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 was mostly aimed at the Northern States, requiring all citizens of America to find runaway slaves, regardless of their moral beliefs. The South viewed slaves not as human beings, but as property to be kept, sold, or even killed. It forced the North to become a part of the “slave system” even though they had clearly taken no part in any ownership. Those who tried to help slaves escape
In the mid 1600's, the colonies began to pass laws called slave codes which were intended to control the daily lives of slaves. These codes prohibited slaves from owning weapons, getting an education, meeting with other blacks without their owner's permission, and testifying against any white person in court. Slaves also received harsher punishments for many crimes than white people who committed the same crime. In my opinion, these codes were unnecessary considering the number of revolts that occurred in the Western Hemisphere. It all began in 1705, when the Virginia General Assembly made a declaration that would seal the fate of African Americans for generations to come.