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Election of 1860 and Outbreak of the Civil War

A week ago, the United States had a very highly contentious election, and as a result of the election protests and riots have broken out in numerous places. In 1860, the United States endured another highly contentious election, as well as the outbreak of the Civil War.

The Election of 1860 was the election when Abraham Lincoln became President...but what led to the election being so contentious? Well, that would be the issue of, you guessed it, slavery.

In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, which allowed for states to have popular sovereignty, basically eliminating the Missouri Compromise. As a result, there was a lot of violence in Kansas, so much so that some people would argue that the Civil War began in 1857. Another result of the Kansas-Nebraska Act was the formation of the Republican party, which consisted largely of former Free Soilers, Northern abolitionists, Whigs, and some No-Nothings. The Republicans were sectional, meaning their supporters were almost exclusively…

The Gathering Storm

Tensions had been building between abolitionists and pro-slavery institutionalists for much of the 1800s, and it was no surprise that much of this tension was witnessed via acts of our government and not just I the street.

The government plays a huge role in any era, and the 1800s was no exception. Through a series of compromises, rules, crises, and secret deals meant to stifle both sides, tensions increased.

In the 1800s, many people argued that American society was corrupt from top to bottom and needed a complete overhaul, citing slavery and its pervasiveness in all aspects of life (political, economic, and social) as the main reason America was so corrupt. However, there were numerous others who believed that American society was fundamentally sound, and saw slavery as a political problem that needed to be solved.

Beginning in the 1820s, politicians began to try their hand at solving the issue of slavery as a political problem.

In 1820-1821, Congress came up with the Missouri Comp…

Anti-Slavery Movement

So, before I jump into the subject I'll be writing about in this post, I just wanted to say that my posts will be coming more frequently now that my social studies lessons are at the same place as this blog is chronologically, so if you're a fan of this blog and you haven't done so already, please subscribe so you can receive notifications for when I post new content!

The topic I'll be writing about today is the anti-slavery movements of the 1830s and 1840s. In previous posts I wrote about the reform movements that were going on during this era and I had written about the differences and similarities between the North and South, so I'm going to begin this post with a recap of the similarities and differences.
During the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson penned the famous line "all men are created equal". At a time when the Colonies were trying to unite to form what would become the United States and to get out from under the t…