Essay about Southerns Experienced Development in Different Ways

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During the time period between 1820 and 1861 the American South was shaped from many political, economic, social, and cultural developments. However, during this time period Southerners experienced these developments in different ways. For example, the slaves of this time lived much differently than the plantation owners. There were many sources of division, as well as unity, during this time. There were many political developments in the South during this time period. One of them was slavery. Slavery had been an issue for a very long time. Southern Representatives fought for slavery and this was an issue in Congress. It was hard to keep a balance of power in Congress between the North and the South due to the different populations. For …show more content…
During the time period between 1820 and 1861 the American South was shaped from many political, economic, social, and cultural developments. However, during this time period Southerners experienced these developments in different ways. For example, the slaves of this time lived much differently than the plantation owners. There were many sources of division, as well as unity, during this time. There were many political developments in the South during this time period. One of them was slavery. Slavery had been an issue for a very long time. Southern Representatives fought for slavery and this was an issue in Congress. It was hard to keep a balance of power in Congress between the North and the South due to the different populations. For example, when Missouri applied to become a state that allowed slavery, there was a big problem in Congress because that made the stability in Congress unequal. As a result, they decided to add Maine as a non-slave state too. This, in turn, would balance the power. They also added the 36’30 parallel, which says that there can’t be slavery below this line. This was created to contain slavery, since the North couldn’t constitutionally remove it. This was a major blow to the South and made tensions among the two far worse. Yet, even after the crisis had been ended, southern fears for the security of slavery and northern fears about its spread still remained.
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