Civil War Ranking Sheet - Santiago Romagnoli Period 5 Civil...

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Santiago RomagnoliPeriod 5Civil War Ranking 1 .The Kansas-Nebraska Act - Stephen A. Douglas proposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This Act separated both states and left it up to majority vote which one would contain slavery. Due to this act, northerners believed that the Missouri Compromise was no longer applicable. Politically, theDemocrats were split between the two sides, and many northern Democrats left due to believing that they would not be welcome in the south.2. The Election of 1860 - Lincoln as the Republicans nominee for president caused great controversy between the two sides. South Carolina threatened to secede from the union. This rash decision was made because Lincoln was known for his disgust toward slavery. The south also noticed that the north could outvote the south due to its greater amount of territories.3. Uncle Tom’s Cabin - A book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe portraying the cruelty of slavery. The novel was very popular in the north, however, the novel made southerners extremelyangry. Stowe had never experienced slavery first hand, and in fact, had never visited the south. Her book was seen as an unfair depiction of slavery. 4. The Mexican War - During Polk’s presidency he aggravated the Mexican country bringing both nations into war. Polk was mainly after California due to its natural harbors and political significance towards the British. Polk’s aggression towards claiming these new territories again aroused suspicion towards which states would remain free and which would receive slavery. This
war lead to the Mexican Cession which contained a great deal of land in which both Northerners and Southerners attempted to plead for or against slavery. 5. The Wilmot Proviso - After the Mexican Cession was obtained, the Wilmot Proviso was almost immediately passed in response to slavery. It stated that slavery should be prohibited in any of the newly acquired Mexican Territory. Although this compromise was not passed, it aurrosed a great suspicion in the South. They believed that the North had gained influence in

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