1840s & 50s: The Age of Crisis. Mr. Pieper. Qualms with Missouri Compromise. North: “Congress is enabling slavery” South: “Congress is ruling on slavery within the states” After expansion- the issue of slavery in new territories is the central issue in Congress. Popular Sovereignty.
-John C. Calhoun, 1850 (shortly before his death)
Kansas-Nebraska Act- organized new states under popular sovereignty which went against the Missouri Compromise- no slavery above 35th parallel
12 Years a Slave (1853)
After Dred Scott, there seemed no way to stop the spread of slavery in new territories