Slavery During The Nineteenth Century Essay

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During the nineteenth century, the American society began to split. People became more and more contradictory to their views concerning the practice of slavery and other affairs (economic, political, and social). By the 1850’s, the constitution, which was originally a source of unity, became the origin for sectional discord and tension, and ultimately provided a breakdown for the union it had created. This created a thriving separation between the North and the South.

During the century, Stephan A. Douglas introduced a bill, that would prohibit slavery in Oregon. The House debated this bill, but finally passed the act creating the Oregon Territory and prohibiting slavery from the new territory. The new territories, such as New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah were established without restrictions on slavery, so when one of the territories applied for admission into the Union, its citizens would decide whether slavery would be allowed within its borders. Also to mention is that during 1855, when the Kansas Territory erupted in violence between the proslavery and antislavery factions, the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision in 1857 permitted slavery in all Western territories, invalidating the Missouri Compromise of 1820. According to the compromise of 1850 by Henry Clay, California would be admitted to the Union as a free state, and Texas, considering it had been reduced in size will be given $10 million dollars, so that it can pay its debts to Mexico (Document A). After…

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