Open Yale Course David Blight Civil War and Reconstruction Era 1845-1877
Thomas Jefferson on the Missouri Compromise of 1820
Presidential Campaigns from 1840-1860 from Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
Compromise of 1850 Deabte in the Senate:
William Lloyd Garrison on Calhoun, Webster, and the Compomsise of 1850
Jessica Gaj Prezi on the failures of Compromise
Bleeding Kansas
Lincoln on Dred Scott Decision
Lincoln and anti-slavery by: The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln by Michael Burlingame
The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association from University of Michigan



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The war with Mexico brought the slavery issue to the front of American politics for the first time.


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The Mexican Cession brought about a controversy over the expansion of slavery. Rep of Penn David Wilmot attempted to block the expansion in all territory gained from Mexico but his proposal died in the Senate and enraged Southerners



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The Compromise of 1850 was the last act of Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. California entered as a free state and the south got a strict Fugitive Slave Law. At the time this was viewed as a compromise that would save the union but soon the Fugitive Slave Law would add to the numbers of abolitionist northerners.



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Harriet Beecher Stowe's book Uncle Tom's Cabin sells more then any other book in the century other then the bible. It opens eyes to the cruelty of slave auctions and the fugitive slave law while at the same time infuriating the South



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With Clay, Calhoun, and Webster dead Stephen A. Douglas stepped into the vacuum. He wanted to have a northern route for a transcontinental railroad to go through Illinois and believed that Popular Sovereignty would be the best way to get the Kansas and Nebraska territories entered as states into the Union.






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John Steuart Curry’s painting of John Brown during “Bleeding Kansas”. After Stephen A. Douglas’s Kansas Nebraska Act passed congress a civil war broke out in Kansas between pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces.

Scoring Guidlines for Compromise DBQ
The Compromise DBQ Students Answers