Causes Of Disunion In The United States

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Causes of Disunion in the United States In the late 17 and 1800s, the United States began to split between the North and the South. The North and the South had many conflicting views, but their contrasting views over slavery were the most significant motives for the beginning of the Civil War and disunion of the early United States. After the western territory was claimed by the U.S., everyone had a vision of what could be. The Southerners wanted to keep their “southern way of life”, while the people of the north saw a future of hope and one where western homesteads would not improve if they were full of cultivated plantations ran by numerous enslaved workers. People all over the country felt that the deciding factor for freeing slaves would affect their own lives. This issue increasingly divided the North and South. There are many reasons why these times were full of crisis and controversy; the compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, The Dred Scott v. Sanford case, as well as several others. As for the Compromise of 1850, Congress debated the terms under which California would enter the Union. Stephen Douglas, a Democratic senator from Illinois, helped to put together the Compromise and enter California as a free state. New Mexico and Utah left it up to the voters to decide whether or not to abolish the slave trade which would follow through to the end of the trade in D.C. This led to The Fugitive Slave law of 1793, which ended the notion of the North as free territory. It required local and federal law enforcement agents to bring runaway slaves back no matter where they were found. Commissioners earned ten dollars for each runaway returned to a claimant. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was also a big issue. This act established the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, and opened the land to legal settlements. It allowed residents to decide whether
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