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in 1832, but he and his group were found and hung. Abolitionist movements erupted despite government warnings. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a successful novel called Uncle Tom
Cabin, which managed to describe the struggle of slaves. John Brown led a raid at Harper's
Ferry, Virginia, but he was later hanged.
With the problem of slavery still in action, states' rights became an overriding issue. The
North believed that their vision of a perfect Union would protect the future of the United States.
They wanted to establish a strong federal government that would govern all states, regardless of change. They accused the South of pushing their own wealth and desires, and therefore, wanted to have states that reflected their ideas make laws for

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