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The Divisive Politics of Slavery

The Divisive Politics of Slavery

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  1. The Divisive Politics of Slavery 1840-1860

  2. The Northern Economy • Manufacturing • Railroads • Cities begin to sprout up overnight • Immigrants come to the North

  3. The Southern Economy • Predominantly rural • Cotton driven • Produce only 10% of nation’s manufacturing • Few immigrants

  4. The Question of Slavery in the Territories • WilmontProviso • Divided Congress along regional lines • Sectionalism tension continues to grow

  5. California becomes a State in 1850 • California’s constitution outlawed slavery • Effects: • Zachary Taylor supports idea of popular sovereignty • Let the people of the states decide issue of slavery • Weakens Congress influence • Senate debates issue. • South • Begin to question whether they should remain in Union

  6. The Compromise of 1850 • Proposed by….Henry Clay! • California Admitted as free state • Utah & New Mexico decide slavery by popular sovereignty • Texas paid $10 million, resolving boundary dispute w/ New Mexico • Sale of slaves banned in Washington, D.C • Fugitive Slave Act

  7. Compromise of 1850 Activity

  8. Senate’s Reaction • Rejected – WHY? • Douglas introduces each provision separately • Each is passed separately