Compromise Dbq Essay

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The United States was founded by compromise and cooperation, as the states stood together united against Britain. As the nation developed, socially, economically, and politically, the tensions prevented the use of cooperation and differences grew more pronounced. This new failure to compromise was caused by differing opinions on slavery, disagreements in the political spheres, and sectional divisions largely between the North and the South. Primarily, it was the harsh disagreement over slavery that resulted in the collapse of the compromise. Each citizen had his own opinion, and they were firmly set. There could be no compromise over the issue of slavery; you were either for it or you weren 't. Abolitionists, like those in the American Anti-Slavery …show more content…
The issue of slavery brought so much fighting that as it grew larger, the gag rule, enacted by the House of Representatives, prevented even the discussion of the matter. All materials “relating in any way or to any extent whatsoever, to the subject of slavery or the abolition of slavery” were ignored. (Document C). The caning of Charles Sumpter by Preston Brooks was one specific incident that illustrated the political disagreements. After Sumpter spoke of the evils of slavery, Brooks beat him brutally with a cane. In the background of Document E, some of the senators are smiling while others looks very angry. These men represent differing political ideologies, and those laughing are democrats who supported slavery while those upset were opposed to it. As the time neared the start of the Civil War, the author of Document E felt the tensions were increasing and he had to do something about it. This attempt to convince the entire nation of the growing danger of increasing political tensions ultimately failed and the nation proceeded closer to …show more content…
The South complained that the North failed to uphold the constitution by often ignoring the fugitive slave laws. Daniel Webster,who called himself an American man, one who could mediate and see both sides, understood the South 's concern and judged that “the South [was] right and the North [was] wrong,” which would only add fuel to the fire as the North defended its actions. (Document D) The south also made an attack on the people of the north, a ad hominem, and claimed that the Northerners were a “conglomeration of greasy mechanics, filthy operative, small-fisted farmers, and moon-struck theorists,” while those of the South were “well-bred southern gentlemen.” (Document F) The authors view that those of the north were more civilized than those in the south exemplifies the differing opinions and sectionalism of those in the North and South. He attempted to convince the southerners in Georgia of the failures of the society of the north as tensions continued to develop. Each region saw their citizens as more dignified or morally superior, which contributed to the lack of the ability to compromise. The presidential election of 1860 displayed by Document H clearly displays this split, with all of the free states (except New Jersey) voting for the Republican candidate, Abraham

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