The Civil War: The Compromise Of 1850

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The 1850s were a period of chaos and growing divisiveness between the North and South, and ____. The Compromise of 1850 simply put was just a compromise to try and subdue aforementioned growing tensions between the North and South. Henry Clay wanted to avoid a civil war if possible, but the terms of his compromise brought question. Specifically, the strengthening of the Fugitive Slave Act to please the South brought into question the founding values of the United States, because the act further showed that the United States was not doing anything to combat slavery. In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Compromise of 1820 by allowing new states to determine their position on slavery with popular sovereignty. This certainly tied back …show more content…
When the war finished, Lincoln had to fulfil his statements put forth in the Emancipation Proclamation so in 1864, 1868, and 1870, the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments (respectively) were ratified which ended slavery and gave civil rights and voting rights to blacks. The 14th amendment in particular, paid homage to the Dred Scott decision and ensured citizenship to all people born in the United States. Since slavery was obviously the largest dividing issue between the states, Lincoln hoped to end slavery once and for all by having the government outlaw it. Lincoln’s assassination in 1865—although it was a great loss for America—brought up the presidency of Andrew Johnson, and symbolized to the South especially that a new generation had begun. However, the South still felt like it 's self determination was limited due to the militarization that the North had imposed on it to enforce the new amendments and anti-slavery beliefs. A year later in 1866, the Civil Rights Act was passed which gave freed blacks citizens the same rights as whites, and outlawed discrimination—commonly practiced by refusing to let blacks vote—based on race or color. This was a huge step forward by the government because blacks now technically had the same rights as white men under the eyes of the law. The only flaw of reconstruction, which the government had little control over, was the attitudes of the South following the war. The outlawing of slavery and equality for blacks was such a radical idea to the plantation owners who had been practicing slavery their entire lives and showed that just because the law changes, individuals maintain their own personal

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