What Was The Significance Of The Compromise Of 1850

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10. Kansas-Nebraska Act – The Kansas-Nebraska Act split the Nebraska territory into two territories comprising of Nebraska and Kansas. They hoped that by doing this one state would be free and the other slave. They would decide what kind of state they would be through popular sovereignty. The act served to repeal the Missouri Compromise. The significance of this is that it caused conflict and repealed the Missouri Compromise.
11. Compromise of 1850 – The compromise was presented by Henry Clay. The Compromise stated five different things. One, California would enter as a free state. Second, stricter fugitive slave laws. Third, popular sovereignty decides the problem about slavery in the state. Finally, slavery was allowed in D.C but the slave …show more content…

Dred Scott Decision – Was a trial between a slave and his owner. The master moved to a free state and kept a slave even though they had entered a free state. In the end, they ruled in the favor of the master. This decision stated that slaves are just property and can be moved from place to place and still be bound to the master. The significance of this is that it made the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional.
14. Abraham Lincoln – ran for a seat in the Senate and later became president. Lincoln was a Republican candidate that opposed slavery expansion and opposed the Dred Scott decision. He and Stephen Douglas had debates referred to as the Lincoln – Douglas debates. He was president during the civil war and approved the 13 amendment that freed slaves. The significance of this man is that he was a president and did many important things.
15. Stephen Douglas – Ran for a seat in the Senate and beat Lincoln for it by a slim margin. He also ran for president but didn’t win the presidency. He supported texas as a slave state and popular sovereignty. He was not supported by northerners. The significance of this man is that he was a senate member and almost …show more content…

Election of 1860 – The election of 1860 was between four different men. Lincoln a Republican who didn’t want slavery to expand. Douglas was a democrat that focused on popular sovereignty. John Bell was a unionist that wanted the north and south to remain together. Then finally John Breckinridge was a pro-slavery Democrat. The significance of this is that Lincoln became president even though he didn’t get any votes from southern states.
18. Popular Sovereignty – is the principle that the authority of a state and its government is created and sustained by the consent of its people, through their elected representatives. It is closely associated with social contract philosophers such as John Locke. During the time period, popular sovereignty was used to decide if slavery should be allowed in that state. The significance of this is that it decided how the state would function.
19. Southern Secession – Southern Secession was caused by one major dispute. The north and south had long-standing debates about slavery. The war officially started when Confederates attacked Fort Sumpter. This caused the south to secede and split the states between the union and the Confederacy. The significance of the Southern Secession is that it caused the America to split and start the civil

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