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BC: Well, this is why, but what, what will happen in the Civil War?

FC: Causes of the Civil War

1: The North and the South were both regions in the United States. Even though they were all regions in the United States, they were quite different. For instance,the South had slavery and felt they could take it where ever they wanted when ever they wanted. However, the North thought they should not have slaves at all. | Differences Between the North and South

2: The Missouri Compromise | The North and South argued about what to do about slavery. Finally Henry Clay, a representative of Kentucky, came up with a compromise called the Missouri Compromise. They agreed that they would have slaves in Missouri but not Maine. They also made the Missouri Compromise Line on the west side of the US at 36 degrees latitude 30 degrees longitude. Except for Missouri, there could not have slaves above the line.

3: Abolitionist and The Underground Railroad | Fredrick Douglass was an escaped slave that belonged to a group called Abolitionist. He told about his horrible life as a slave. Using his life, he convinced plenty of people to try and end slavery. Together they made the Underground Railroad, Which wasn't underground nor a real railroad, to help slaves escape tho Canada. Conductors of the Underground Railroad guided the slaves. One famous conductor was Harriet Tubman.

4: The Compromise of 1850 | After the Mexican- American War, California asked to join the Union as a free state. California was half way in between the Missouri Compromise Line, so the North and the South started to argue again. Then, Henry Clay once again proposed a compromise called the Compromise of 1850. In the compromise they agreed that California would join as a free state, and, to balance this first law out, they agreed to stop selling slaves in Washington D.C. Then, they agreed that the states of Utah and New Mexico would vote on whether they would have slavery or not. They also made the Fugitive slave law. This said that Northerners would help catch fugitive(escaped) slaves. The new law infuriated Northern states. Some states even passed laws forbidding people to help slave catchers.

5: "Bleeding Kansas" | In 1854, Kansas and Nebraska joined the Union. Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act that said that they would vote on if they would have slaves. Anti- and pro- slavery people rushed in. In Kansas, slavery won, but anti-slavery people claimed that pro-slavery people illegally came to Kansas. Mobs wrecked Lawrence which infuriated a man named John Brown. Brown lead a small band of men and killed several people.

6: The Election of Abraham Lincoln | Soon They had to elect a new president. The winner was Abraham Lincoln.Lincoln said that he would allow slavery to continue in the South, but he was firmly against it spreading into new territories. That made the South very unhappy. Slowly, the South seceded from the Union. They made a country called the Confederate states of America or Confederacy.

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