This plan fell through though when slave owners would not take the risk when they were profiting from farming. The fugitive law is one of the many changes made in slavery, this law blacks were denied a jury trial, the right to testify, and other basic rights. This lead to no one of color being safe, such as Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into... ... middle of paper ... ...se of the civil war. Many things came together during the 1800’s that lead the Civil War. One of these reasons was the fall of the Whig Party.
The South, also known as the Confederates, supported slavery. The North, also known as the Union, was anti-slavery, and made every effort that they could to cease it. The Confederates were usually cruel to their slaves, and denied them basic rights. The Union supporters were right in their attempts to end slavery and protect the deserved equity of all people: white or black. Although slavery was not the only cause of the Civil War, it was a main factor to which the other issues seem minuscule.
But not all states wanted it to be slaves, the Southern states wanted it and the Northern states didn't. Because it was divided that way, a struggle broke out over if slaves should be free or not. Colored people, also known as slaves, were treated like they were nothing. Like they were some kind of creatures, slavery has had an impact on America for years. This impact caused rage and hurt, slaves put their blood, sweat and tears in their work to not get beaten or get their children harmed as well.
First of all, anti-slavery movements were not popular in the south. Slavery is the foundation in which all the south's economy stands upon. To take away the slaves would be to cripple the south. Only a small amount (2,292 out of 4,6274 planters) held over a hundred slaves. Those that hold zero to twenty slaves supported slavery in the hopes that they one day will become part of the "Planter's Elite."
People often misunderstand the factors that led to one of the bloodiest wars in history, the Civil War. While many believe the question of the morality of slavery is what drove the South to secede, leading to the Civil War, that was not the main element. While main issue that led to the war was slavery, freedom and morality were not the center of this. It was a variety of political and economic aspects of slavery were what initiated the Civil War. Anti-Slavery writers such as Seward and Helper urged the country to abandon the extension of slavery in order to protect the union and the economy.
The people in the United States became torn between the economic benefits of slavery and the moral and inhumane issues it raised, white Southerners grew more and more defensive of slavery. The economic divisions between the North and South became fully exposed in the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln, a member of the newly formed anti-slavery Republican Party. The South would not allow any formal debate on the slavery issue and launched the secession crisis that started the Civil War. During the war, Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation which called for the freeing of the slaves, but not until after the Union had won the war and the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution were the American slaves officially freed.
Northern abolitionists began organized efforts to end the practice of slavery in the 1800's. But much of the American South, believed that slavery was vital to the continuation of its livelihood and lifestyle and therefore defended the institution of slavery. As the abolition movement picked up, southerners became organized in their support of slavery in what became known as the proslavery movement. Some southerners involved in the movement maintained the position that slavery was like "the law of nature" which allowed the strong to rule the weak. Thus is was appropriate for whites to own blacks as slaves because they believed whites were the dominant race.
They believed each individual state should be able to decide for themselves how they feel about slavery. A northern man may oppose slavery because of its moral effects, but he wouldn't know what it wa... ... middle of paper ... ...h the slaves was that many people saw the Union as an entity made up of large and small states. Others believed the Union was divided into slave-owning states and non-slave-owning states. This caused a lot of confusion between larger states up north who sympathized with larger states down south, and vice versa. Other issues such as suffrage and representation in Congress became interrelated with the slavery issue (Edel 24-5).
The South thought they should make their own laws and they wanted to choose whether they were a slave or a free state, but on the other hand the North wanted the national government to pass laws, and they wanted only the Supreme Court to get rid of laws. The Kansas Nebraska Act said you were able to choose whether you are a slave or free state. The North became angry at this because they thought the South was taking away federal power. (Wise...) Second, the North and South had different lifestyles. The North had large cities, factories, and mills.
Thus, the issues of pro-slavery and anti-slavery arose between the Southern Democrats and Northern Republicans in the 1850s. The North desired to halt the expansion of slavery into western territories while the South strongly opposed. These two opposing parties led to radical abolitionism in the North, William Henry Seward and John Brown, and extreme secessionism in the South, James Henry Hammond, and South Carolina Ordinance of Secession. Due to their strict ideologies regarding slavery, both parties could not compromise on the issue of the expansion of slavery. Therefore, according to Americans in the years prior to the Civil War, conflict was inevitable.