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- Then the whole Underground Railroad deal annoyed
slaveowners even more – e/t the thing was never as
organized as many thought it was, it was a source of
constant irritation for the Southerners as it was also a
symbol of resistance to oppression and focused more
attention on the injustice of slavery.
*The Election of 1852 and the Collapse of Compromise*
- The Democrats ran Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire,
and he won easily over the Whig nominee, General
Winfield Scott. Pierce defended the rights of each area
while Scott ignored the issue, so the South had reason to
believe nat’l support for the Compromise of 1850 might
get rid of the problem altogether. The Free-Soil party also
ran a candidate [anti-compromise, of course].
- But in reality Pierce just won b/c the Whigs were being
torn apart by sectional strife [and the deaths of Taylor,
Webster and Clay didn’t help either]. By 1852 the Whigs
were pretty much a thing of the past.
- Anyhow, Pierce’s total support for the compromise
aggravated much of the North [esp. his enforcement of
the FSA, for ex. the case of Anthony Burns] and
radicalized the situation big-time even among former
conservatives. Juries stopped convicting abolitionists [ex.
ones that stormed courthouse in Burns case] and states
passed personal-liberty laws to stop federal enforcement.
- As a sidenote, sectional conflict also managed to derail
[OK, bad joke] plans for a transcontinental RRD and
mess up annexation negotiations w/Hawaii and Cuba.
112 *The Kansas-Nebraska Bill and the Destruction of the
- The next big problem began when Douglas [the C1850
guy] decided to introduce a bill about the Kansas and
Nebraska Territories. Douglas felt the slavery thing would
be no big deal – all he wanted was some more $ for his
home state of Illinois [transcontinental RRD thing].
- Boy did he pick the wrong topic – as soon as he
mentioned the thing, the whole differing interpretations of
popular sovereignty deal expl...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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