Nat Turner Compromise

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In 1820, the territory of Missouri applied to join the Union, since this would throw out the balance between the Pro slavery south and Anti slavery north. As a solution to this, the free state of Maine joined simultaneously as an Anti slavery state to maintain balance. This problem and indeed it’s resolution highlight just how big a problem slavery was. It is clear now that all that was achieved by this compromise was to delay the inevitable war by 40 years. The Nat Turner rebellion of 1831 was an event where Turner and his group of followers killed sixty whites. This actually ended up being damaging to both the North and South, although in different ways. The South had always argued that black slaves were in fact happy with their circumstances and position. The fact that so…show more content…
The question is, should these new lands be allowed slaves. Another compromise is reached where California joins the Union as a ‘free state’. The rest of of the new land become territories and are allowed to decide for themselves whether the will allow slavery. This is yet another example of the problem being put off again and delaying the inevitable. In 1952, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin’. The book influenced the North greatly as it attacked slavery and as a result caused resentment in the South. In fact, President Lincoln was rumored to have greeted Stowe by saying “"So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." In 1857, the Supreme court held that slaves are always the property of there owners, even if they are taken into a “free state”. The South was overjoyed at this and indeed it was an important victory for them. However the North was enraged and calls for slavery to be illegal increased dramatically. As with many incidents leading up to the war, this was yet another source of great tension between the two sides as each fought to have their rights
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