The Slavery Of The United States

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Northern Republicans and Southern Democrats attempted to cure their complete opposition on the regulation of slavery by using federal power to coerce an end to the feud, yet the movement increased tension between the divided nation. By invoking both legislative and judicial power, politicians used laws which included slave codes and freedom laws as well as court decisions like Dred Scott v Sandford (1875) to convince or force the population into acceptance of stances on slavery. Each party viewed their tactics and ideas to be righteous, and though they intended for positive results, national outrage answered the governmental movement. The founding fathers of the United States included a plan for the future of slavery in the constitution,…show more content…
Stewart (1772) fueled the North 's determination to use legislation to end slavery. In Somerset a slave who was taken to a free portion of England was ruled free for being brought, not a fugitive, on free soil. Northerners found this ruling to be important because they claimed Southerners were abusing the fugitive slave clause by kidnapping free blacks and forcing them into slavery. The flimsy evidence produced to capture a black person resulted in the North creating its first set of Liberty Laws. These rules increased the difficulty for fugitive slave hunters to bring back slaves which infuriated the South. Disagreements on runaways gave way to Prigg v. Pennsylvania (1842). After Prigg, a slave hunter, attempted to take a person who he claimed to be escaped a Pennsylvania justice of the peace said he did not have substantial evidence. Prigg ignored these claims and took his prisoner back southward. The state of Pennsylvania then charged Prigg with kidnapping to the satisfaction of the North and the rage of the South. When the case reached the Supreme Court, the justices struck down Pennsylvania 's ruling. Slave owners viewed Prigg as a massive victory against northern resistance to the returning of slaves, but the divide in the nation only deepened. Northern states attempted to defy defeat by passing more Liberty Laws. The Supreme Court 's ruling did not unify a nation, but rather earned blacks accused of running away

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