African American history paper 2 unrevised

6 the democrats are declaring loudly and for all to

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other southern states in such measures as might be proper.” 6 The democrats are declaring loudly and for all to hear that to stand against the spread of slavery is to stand against the democratic party. Furthermore, if their vision is not realized or is in some way curtailed then they will act in whatever capacity they are capable of. The compromise of 1850, much like the Missouri compromise of 30 years earlier, would only serve to slow the inescapable fate of war. This new compromise saw California admitted as a free state, the ban of the slave trade in Washington D.C., Texas rescinding its claim over New 5 Joshua Zeitz"The Missouri Compromise Reconsidered: Antislavery Rhetoric and the Emergence of the Free Labor Synthesis." Journal of the Early Republic Vol. 20, No. 3 (2000): 447 6 St. George Sioussat, "Tennessee, the Compromise of 1850, and the Nashville Convention." The Mississippi Valley Historical Review Vol. 2 (1915): 316.
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Mexico, the spread of popular sovereignty to the new territories of Utah and New Mexico, and perhaps most significantly the adoption of a far more stringent fugitive slave law. This new law stated that runaway slaves were to be returned to their masters upon capture regardless of whether they are in a free state or not. To northerners this was seen as a tremendous insult, passively tolerating slavery was one thing but to be forced to take a part in that vile system was asking too much. Perhaps one of the most clear examples of the rising violence and discord can be seen in the struggle that Kansas faced in its attempts to become a state. At the time, “...Northerners and Southerners alike thought of the state as a hotbed of antislavery fanaticism, with the result that 'Kansan' and 'abolitionist' were practically synonymous terms during the Civil War era.” 7 This 'fanaticism' would soon be put to the test as popular sovereignty found its way to Kansas. During the 1850s Kansas would be turned into a veritable battleground as proponents and enemies of slavery alike flooded to Kansas in an attempt to sway the vote. The two sides clashed violently and repeatedly, and lives were lost on both sides. This outpouring of violence would later come to be called 'Bleeding Kansas'. Kansas is perhaps one of the most direct links between the Louisiana Purchase and the civil war. A territory carved out of the purchase is reduced to bloodshed and death over the issue of slavery. It could not be a more clear and unmistakable mark that the country was destined for war.
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