Slavery Was An Influential Source Of Tension

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Slavery was an influential source of tension, as well as, a contributing factor to the events leading to the creation of the Confederate States of America and the start of the Civil War. Abolitionism, proslavery legislature, the creation of the Republican Party, the collapse of established political parties, and many failed attempts at compromise threatened the stability of the Union. Although slavery played a vital role in sparking the conflict, the succession of southern states and start of the Civil War was not the result of a debate over the morality of slavery, but rather an on-going power struggle between the north and the south. The abolition movement was supported by those who believed slavery to be either immoral or a threat to…show more content…
Other northern abolitionists chose to support Brown financially in pursuit of the same goal. Brown’s raid sparked a fear and paranoia that the northern abolitionists were plotting to attack which lead to the torture and lynching of thousands of slaves. (Boyer, pg 419-420) Three years earlier, after the Sack of Lawrence, Brown and seven accomplices killed five men associated with the Lecompton Government. Known as the Pottawatomie Massacre, this attack confirmed the name of “Bleeding Kansas” and successfully created a battleground between the North and the South. (Boyer, pg 412) Brown was eventually tried for murder, slave insurrection and treason where he was convicted and hanged. Although he was not successful in causing any sort of slave revolt, John Brown’s actions resulted in tensions directed towards the Republican Party, northerners and eventually Abraham Lincoln himself. (Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica,“John Brown”) A second influential abolitionist, Harriet Beecher Stowe, was responsible for gaining the support of many northerners with her antislavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It was said by David Potter that the
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