The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: The History of the Controversial Law that Sparked the Confederacy’s Secession and the Civil War
Publisher: Charles River Editors
*Includes pictures*Includes stories about the fugitive slave law and accounts about it*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contentsDespite the attempt to settle America’s slavery issue with the Missouri Compromise in 1820, the young nation kept pushing further westward, and with that more territory was acquired. After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the sectional crisis was brewing like never before, with California and the newly-acquired Mexican territory now ready to be organized into states. The country was once again left trying to figure out how to do it without offsetting the slave-free state balance that was already dividing the nation. With the new territory acquired in the Mexican-American War, pro and anti-slavery groups were at an impasse. The Whig Party, including a freshman Congressman named Abraham Lincoln ...