Slavery in the United States and New Fugitive Slave

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In the years of 1830-1860, there were many conflicts on the views of slavery within our country. The North was working to bring an end to slavery with the creation of the routes to free slaves. The South was enthusiastic about the continuation of slavery with the help of the courts. The conflicts were put on hold with many compromises, but were dismantled by future legislation leading to bloodshed in America.

The North wanted to abolish slavery. With the support of newspapers and books such as the Liberator and Uncle Tom’s Cabin, information was given to the public to open their eyes on the cruelty of slavery and the treatment of escaped slaves. The ideas laid out in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin fueled the fire for the anti-slavery movement and as shown in Document H is widely popular because it shows the text being printed in many forms, volumes and languages. This form of propaganda moved the Abolitionists Movement forward. In addition to text, other propaganda in the form of speeches by individuals such as Henry Highland Garnet about slavery, natural rights to liberty, obedience to God and the sinful behavior of those in the south helped the anti-slavery movement. (Document D). Many propogandists used literature, pictures, speeches and any other method to spread the evils of slavery and oppose legislation that required individuals to help in the pursuit of escaped slaves as stated in the Fugitive Slave Laws of 1850. Document C shows how those of African American dissent can be forced back into or placed into slavery and sent to the south because free paper were ripped up and destroyed because of the southern idea that all African Americans were property and not citizens because of the Dred Scott Decision. The North was opposed to the Fugitive Slave Laws because they were obliged to help capture and return escaped slaves. The ideas of the north also included the idea that the economy of the south would be in peril because once...
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