ch5reaction - always Northerners were outraged and thought...

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Andrew Sobler 7 th September 2007 Civil War and Reconstruction Ch. 5 Reaction One thing chapter 5 was about was Manifest Destiny. This was an idea that the U.S. should own all the land covering the continent, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Efforts included essentially kicking out Native Americans from their lands, by buying it from them. As always, the South wanted more land so it could spread its slave industry, and when gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, the South would want nothing more than to move some of its slaves out there to modern-day California so Southerners could become ever more profitable because of that. Another component of Manifest Destiny was this supposed Ostend Manifesto, which was a plan written by diplomats in Belgium that described potential efforts to try and buy Cuba from Spain. They would present Spain with an offer of 120 million dollars for Cuba, which Spain would reject. News of this document would soon become public in the U.S., and as
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Unformatted text preview: always, Northerners were outraged, and thought it was just another attempt made by the South to gain more territory for slaves. Another part of Manifest Destiny that succeeded was the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which basically created the territories we know as modern-day Kansas and Nebraska. Chapter 5 was also about the Fugitive Slave Law passed in 1850. This made for the returning of runaway slaves who escaped into another state. There would also be consequences for marshals or anyone else in proper authority who didn’t enforce the law, or if they helped the slaves escape even further, there would also be penalties for that. Chapter 5 also describes the free soilers, who were basically people who broke away from the Democratic Party, who opposed the expansion of slavery, and also about free blacks, who were no longer slaves. Free blacks were facing problems with authority, often times being mistaken for slaves, and returned to plantations....
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course BUSA 101 taught by Professor Guidetti during the Spring '07 term at Northampton Community College.

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