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Compromise of 1850


Abolitionism and Antislavery
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
The Expansion Issue: The compromise of 1850
The Expansion Issue: The Kansas-Nebraska Act

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The South did not believe in states' rights; the South believed in slavery.

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Calhoun on the Compromise of 1850
Resource Type: Primary Source
John C. Calhoun became the South's most powerful advocate as senator from South Carolina for most of the period from 1832 to 1850.

Republican Party Platform of 1856
Resource Type: Primary Source
While the Democrats endorsed popular sovereignty to decide the issue of slavery in the Territories, the Republicans took the stand put forth here.

The Master-Slave Relationship
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
The recent scholarship on slavery explores the complex relationship between master and slave and re-examines the historical agency of slaves. In reading the slave narratives provided in this DBQ, students can assess how slaves tried to retain their dignity in the worst of circumstances.

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