a document stating that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of the territory
favoring the interests of one section or region over the interests of the entire country
supported the Wilmot Proviso.
They worried that slavelabor would mean fewer jobs for white workers.
Compromise of 1850
California was able to enter the Union as a free state. The rest of the Mexican Cession was divided into 2 territories-Utah and New Mexico-where the question of slavery would be decided by popular sovereignty.
Fugitive Slave Act
made it a crime to help runaway slaves and allowed officials to arrest those slaves in free areas.
a plan that would divide the remainder of the Louisiana Purchase into 2 territories-Kansas and Nebraska-and allow the poeple in each territory to decide on the question of slavery.
The notion that the police would enforce the voters' decision if it contradicted the Supreme Court's decision in the Dred Scott case
John Brown's raid
it began when he and his men took over the arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in hopes of starting a slave rebellion
Constitutional Union Party
it recognized "no political principles other than the Constitution of the country, the Union of the states, and the enforcement of the laws"
Harriet Beecher Stowe
She wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, which showed people what the life of a slave was like.
1. written to educate northerners about slavery
2. increased abolitionist support
3. sparked outrage in the south