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Tension Between The Southern States In The 1860's

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In the late 1850s, tension between the North and the South were getting extremely high. Tension got so high that several of the southern states were succeeding from the Union. However, there were three major factors that sparked succession from the Union. First was the Dred Scott decision; the second was John Brown’s raid, and the third factor was Abraham Lincoln being elected president of the United States in 1860.
On March 6, 1857, Dred Scott, a Missouri slave, sued for his freedom and lost. Scott’s owner, an army doctor, took him to Illinois and the Wisconsin territory, and in both places slavery was against the law. Scott took his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but he fell short because slaves were not considered a person. This
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