Dread Scott Case Dbq

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1.) How did the Dread Scott decision change the political landscape of the United States? How did it gainsay the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the 1850 Compromise? The Dread Scott decision change the political landscape because it impacted on the political party system. It shattered the regional peace and party unity. Republicans now viewed the Court as controlled by the Slave Power. The Southern Democrats are convinced that they could not trust their party’s most popular northern leader. The reputation of the Supreme Court sank to the lowest level in all of American history. The Dread Scott decision contradicted the Missouri compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850 because it said that Congress possessed no power under the Constitution…show more content…
The North had railroad links that would transport their supplies, guns, ammunition, and uniforms from their factories to the frontlines. At the time the North had a population of 22 million people against the 9 million in the South (of whom almost half were slaves.) The North was more industrial and produced 94 percent of the USA’s pig iron and 97 percent of its firearms. The Southern Confederacy hope that France and Britain would come to their aid due to their need of cotton, but these countries had enough cotton supply from their colonial territories and a more significant demand for Northern wheat and corn. The Union had a larger navy, blocking all efforts from the Confederacy to trade with Europe. The North controlled both the shipping and railroad avenues, allowing them to purchase and to get supplies reasonably quickly. Many slaves fled to the Union armies, providing even more manpower. The South squandered their resources early in the war by focusing on conventional offensives instead of non-conventional raids on the Union’s transportation and communication infrastructure. General Lee’s offensive at Gettysburg war had a high cost in casualties, destroying a large part of the Confederate
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