Leading to the civil war there were a plethora of things that impacted the unity of the nation as a whole. Two major events that contributed to this were the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas Nebraska Act. Both of these events changed the relationship of the nation in many ways.
The Compromise of 1850 was a compromise that stated California would be admitted as a free state, the slave auction would end in Washington D.C, settlers of Mexico and Utah would decide whether it would be considered a free or slave state through popular sovereignty, and lastly it stated that the Fugitive Slave Act would be enacted. These four things had an extreme affect on the national unity. This compromise made the southerners furious, and not only did they feel like they didn’t have a say, they felt like the north was embarrassed of them. The south felt as though it was unfair that the north got to choose that California as a whole was a free state, without consent from them, especially since almost half of that land should have belonged to them following the Missouri Compromise. What gave the north the right to make the decisions that will ultimately affect the nation as a whole? The south was built off of slavery, slavery auctions, and anything that was related to slavery and when Washington, D.C, our nations capitol banned slave auctions from their area the southerners felt very down, almost as though they were an embarrassment to the nation. When the nation found out that the settlers themselves, of Mexico and Utah got to decide whether the territories would be admitted as slave or free states extremists from both the north and south made their way to these territories with intentions of admitting the new territories in their favor. Lastly, was the Fugitive Slave act which the south was actually benefiting from; in the beginning. For once, the north didn’t benefit and they were furious, they didn’t think it was their responsibility to capture run away...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document