Events Leading to the Civil War

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The 1850 's were a turbulent time in American history. The North and South were seeing total different views on the issue of slavery. The North saw slavery as immoral and that it was unconstitutional. The south on the other hand saw slavery as their right. The South viewed African Americans as lower human beings which justified slavery. "The 1850 's was a time of attempted compromise when compromise was no longer possible." This quote best describes this time period, because Americans were trying to compromise their views to prevent a large conflict, but there were many events which made a compromise impossible. The Fugitive Slave Act was part of the Compromise of 1850. This act required that authorities in the North had to assist…show more content…
Without a doubt there was outrage among the black communities in the North, and everywhere else. Blacks in the North started meeting in conventions and gathering discussing how unjust the ruling was and how outraged they were over the decision. The court 's ruling came as a "victory" for southerners, because it showed slaves that the road to freedom would not come as easy as a court case. John Brown was a frontiers man. He became somewhat of a celebrity in New England around 1857. He found his life 's calling which was fundraising for the frontier exploits, or battles he conducted. When peace had come across Kansas in late 1857, Brown had developed a plan to capture the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. After collecting funds from his New England friends, Brown and his army moved to a farmhouse where they began to train. It was the night of October 16, 1859 when Brown and twenty-two men took over the arsenal. They waited for slaves to rally to his banner. Quickly the Virginia Militia and a detachment of the United States Marines put an end to John Browns Raid killing most of his men and wounding Brown himself. This raid scared southerners to death, because they feared a slave rebellion. Not only that, but this attack/rebellion was not planned within the South but planned by the North and acted on in the South. Even though no slaves were informed of the uprising it was still a scare for the South. Brown went to
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