SOL 9b: States` Rights and Slavery

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States’ Rights and Slavery

SOL USI.9b: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the causes, major events, and effects of the Civil War by: b) explaining how the issue of states’ rights and slavery increased sectional tensions.

The Shaky Union

1) The South feared that the North would take control of CONGRESS and SOUTHERNERS began to proclaim states’ rights as a means of self-protection.

2) The North believed that the nation was a UNION and could not be divided.

3) While the Civil War did not begin as a war to abolish SLAVERY, issues surrounding slavery deeply divided the NATION.

Issues that Divided the Nation

1) An important issue separating the country related to the power of the

FEDERAL

government. 2) Southerners felt that they had the power to declare any national law was

SUPREME ILLEGAL

. Northerners believed that the national government’s power over that of the states.

3) Southerners felt that the abolition of

SLAVERY

would destroy their region’s economy. Northerners believed that slavery should be abolished for

MORAL

reasons.

Compromises Attempting to Resolve Differences

1) Missouri Compromise (1820): Missouri entered the Union as a

SLAVE

Union as a

FREE

state.

state. Maine entered the 2) Compromise of 1850: California entered the Union as a

FREE

would

DECIDE

state. Southwest territories about slavery (popular sovereignty).

3) Kansas-Nebraska Act: People in each state would decided the

SLAVERY

issue (popular sovereignty)

Southern Secession

1) Following

LINCOLN’S

election, the southern states seceded from the Union. Confederate forces attacked

FORT SUMTER

in South Carolina, marking the official beginning of the Civil War .

Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address: Monday, March 4 th , 1861

Lincoln Presidential Advertisements

Southern Secession

2) Lincoln and many

NORTHERNERS

believed that the United States was one nation that could not be separated or divided. Most Southerners believes that states had

FREELY

created and joined the union, so they could freely leave it

The South Secedes

The South’s Attack on Fort Sumter, South Carolina: April 12-13, 1861

Arial View of Fort Sumter in South Carolina

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