Slavery Dbq

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Mysha Bryan 12/12/12 DQB During the mid-1800s, tension was high between the northern abolitionists and southern pro slavery groups. The land conditions in the south were perfect for huge cotton plantations manned by slaves. The north did not see the use for slaves due to the manufacturing based economy they had. Although the U.S. Constitution in the supreme law of the land, it does not contain anything regarding slavery (Document E). With no guidelines about slavery, the north and south were pitted against one another, both regions fighting for what they wanted. New political parties, expansive western territories, and abolitionist groups all enforced division between the north and the south. Without the Constitution to supply any insight into rules of slavery, political leaders and people alike, were all fighting for what they thought was best for the union. Although slave trade was outlawed in 1808, it did not prevent slavery from continuing in the south. South Carolina, going against the law, reintroduced slave trade. The South did not see the problem with slave trade, nothing in the U.S.…show more content…
Various ideas were proposed regarding new states entering the union. California and Mexico were both to enter the union as free states. However, Congress would not allow this. In hopes of having new states enter the union, Henry Clay proposed another compromise to end the dead lack in Congress. The plan included that California would be a free state, New Mexico and Utah would follow the ideas of popular sovereignty, slave trade would end in D.C., and new fugitive slave laws would be passed (Document C). Although neither the south, nor the north was completely satisfied with the compromise Clay proposed, it was able to sustain the Union. Without the Constitution guiding Clay, he proposed what he thought would better the
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