Slavery and States' Rights

1259 WordsFeb 19, 20116 Pages
The debate over slavery and states ' rights had become so intense by 1860 that the South was ready to break away altogether, and they did not want to cooperate with the North. They felt they were being exploited and taken advantage of by the North. The economy, culture, and various ways of life had developed differently throughout the U.S., creating a feeling of disunity. Resolving disputes threw compromise no longer seemed possible. They had no reason to compromise and work out their disputes because the South wanted to form a confederacy of their own. This all began to deteriorate because of the dramatic economic, social, and political issues, such as the Compromise of 1850, Fugitive Slave Act, political leaders, succession attempts, and…show more content…
After fighting for months on the issue, both sides became very agitated and would not want to deal with it. It got so bad that at one point it was not allowed to be compromised whatsoever. In the Resolution of the Pinckney Committee, the House of Representatives states, “All petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers relating in any way or to any extent whatsoever, to the subject of slavery or the abolition of slavery, shall without being either printed or referred, be laid on the table and that no further action whatever shall be had thereon.” (Doc C) The Pinckney resolution was essentially a gag rule for Congress. It received many petitions advocating the abolition of slavery. This resolution said that Congress wouldn 't print these petitions and would not refer to them. It can’t be compromised if one side is being ignored. The Issue on slavery is one of the reasons why the United States had a civil war. The dispute on slavery called for an impossible compromise. Political leaders made it less likely to settle disputes. Leaders such as President Lincoln were anti-slavery and fought to abolish it. He was the first Republican to be elected president. Southerners feeling as they did, did not recognize his
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