Pottawatomie Massacre

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blood, justice, and suffering, only to succeed after so much was lost. The causes of this bloody war between the Confederates (North) and the Union (South) revolved mostly around the constant discrepancy of slavery. The Fugitive Slave Act stated that it was a crime to help runaway slaves. As many people were arrested to help runaway slaves, abolitionists wrote strong anti-slavery stories like Uncle Tom’s Cabin to gain sympathy for the African Americans. Although the story was fictional, the point still got across and gained two million more abolitionists. In January 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was introduced which divided the remainder of the Louisiana Purchase into two territories (Kansas and Nebraska) and allowed the people in each territory…show more content…
Abolitionist John Brown saw this as a threat and was eager to “fight fire with fire”. As a result, John Browne and his men killed five pro-slavery men in Kansas. The killing was named the Pottawatomie Massacre. The Kansas battles were known as “Bleeding Kansas”. A year later, John Brown planned to strike again to seize slavery for good at the federal arsenal. After about two years, Josh Brown had about 20 men and took over the arsenal in Harper’s Ferry to start a slave rebellion, which is known as John Brown’s raid. John Brown’s raid failed as local southerners attacked and killed some of Brown’s troops and later captured Brown and the remaining soldiers. However, all hopes in abolishing slavery were not lost. After Lincoln was elected president, many southerners were afraid of Lincoln changing the slave system in the South. As a result, southern states started seceding from the union one after another. Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida joined together to from the Confederate States of America. With the tension growing between the North and South, a war was just around the…show more content…
The Battle at Fort Sumter in Charleston was an easy win for the Confederates. As the North panicked from the first spark of the war, Lincoln stated that there would be no neutrals, only patriots-or traitors; the north had to get their act together soon. After a series of battles for the next 2 years, the war finally reached its climax at the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the revolution. At the Battle of Gettysburg, General Lee and General Ambrose Burnside fought intensely for the possession of Little Round Top near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. After the Union held off the Confederates at Little Round Top, General George Pickett and his confederate troops attempted to attack up Cemetery Ridge known as Pickett’s Charge on July 3, 1863. After the huge win for the Union, President Lincoln gave his well-known Gettysburg Address speech. In his speech, he reminded that the war was not over yet and they had to stay committed to winning the war. After other attempts from the Union and Confederates to beat each other, the South finally surrendered at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. After years of fighting and scarce, brothers killing brothers, and fathers killing sons, the defeat of the South ended slavery and the Southern economy was wrecked. After so much was destroyed, the United States was just left on how get everything back

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