Four Heavy Straws and One Weak Camel

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Four Heavy Straws and One Weak Camel Prelude to the Civil War
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Four Heavy Straws and One Weak Camel. Prelude to the Civil War. Missouri Compromise. The compromise was meant to regulate slavery in the Western States. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Four Heavy Straws and One Weak Camel

Four Heavy Straws and One Weak CamelPrelude to the Civil WarMissouri CompromiseThe compromise was meant to regulate slavery in the Western States. It prohibited slavery in the former Louisiana Territory, north of the 36th Parallel except within the boundaries of the proposed state of MissouriTo balance the addition of a slave state (Missouri), a new northern free state was added (Maine).

Dred ScottDred Scott was a slave from Missouri who moved with his owner to Illinois, Wisconsin, and then back to Missouri, where his owner promptly died.Scott filed a lawsuit arguing that since he lived in a free state, he had become a free man.The Supreme Court disagreed.

Dred Scott DecisionThey ruled that:Scott could not file a lawsuit, because he was a slave and slaves cant be citizens.Slaves are property.Congress does not have the right to outlaw slavery in any territory, therefore the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional.

John Browns Raid on Harpers FerryBrown was a radical abolitionists.Led 18 men against a Federal armoury in Virginia, where he hoped that slaves would join him and take part in a revolt, but no slaves arrived.His revolt is brutal supressed by Robert E. Lee.Southerners were outraged by this revolt, many Northerners consider him a martyr.Abes AscendancyThe Republicans a new party created by those who wanted to keep slavery out of the Western Territories.The Democratic Party (Predominately Southerners) were split on the issue of slavery, so they chose two candidates for the Presidential Election of 1860)Lincoln wins only the North and wins the elections, many Southerners felt they no longer had a say in the National Government.