"North Versus South" Fremont Post

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"North Versus South" Fremont Post

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During the 1840s, the sectional conflict over slavery became increasingly prominent and strident in American political life. In 1850, Senators Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun supported a complicated piece of legislation known as the Compromise of 1850. Their goal was to maintain a balance of power in the U.S. Senate between southern and northern delegations. In this way they hoped to postpone indefinitely any fundamental change in the status of slavery within the United States and to stablize the turbulent political climate.By 1854, when the Kansas Territory was being organized, questions about the spread of slavery reemerged. The Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed the people of a territory to determine their own destiny on the issue of slavery. A group of moderate northerners formed the Republican Party to oppose the spread of slavery into any of the territories. Although not overtly abolitionist, the new party was distinctively sectional in nature. It made no effort to appeal to southern voters and declined any interest in maintaining a balance of power between North and South.In the 1856 election, the Republicans nominated John C. Fremont for President. Fremont carried 12 northern states but lost to Democrat James Buchanan. The sectional approach to politicas was firmly established.This map of the United States with its various charts was created by the Fremoint campain to distinguish and compare North and South.

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West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
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2011.1022.0081

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