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  1. Slavery in National Politics 1850-1856

  2. The Armistice made things worse • Fugitive Slave Act • Personal Liberty Laws • Uncle Tom’s Cabin

  3. Franklin Pierce Administration • 1852 Election (Dark horse democrat got nomination over better known rivals and triumphed over better know Whig, Winfield Scott) • Rewarded Southern Democrats with many of the key political appointments, weakening Democrats in the North

  4. 1852 Election Dem: 50.8%; Whig: 43.9%; Free Soil4.9%

  5. Franklin Pierce, 1804-1869

  6. Major Happenings • Ostend Manifesto • Filibustering (Narciso Lopez) • Kansas-Nebraska Act

  7. Kansas-Nebraska Act • Stephen A. Douglas • F Street Mess • Appeal of the Independent Democrats • Emergence of Republican Party • Troubled implementation (Border Ruffians, New England Immigrant Aid Society) • Competing Territorial legislatures • Wakarusa War

  8. More Kansas Violence • Sack of Lawrence, May 21, 1856 • Pottawatamie Creek Massacre, May 24, 1856 • The Crime Against Kansas, May 19-20, 1856 • Great boon to the Republican Party in the North (William E. Gienapp)

  9. 1856 Election • Nativism and the American Party • Rise of the Republican Party • Buchanan and the “Democracy”

  10. Political Party Presidential Nominee Electoral % Pop Popular Democratic James Buchanan 174 45.3 1,836,072 Republican John C. Fremont 114 33.1 1,342,345 Whig-American Millard Fillmore 8 21.6 873,053