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Antebellum Vocab Quiz

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Compromise of 1850
compromise between the North and South that allowed California to enter the union in exchange for the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act.
Dred Scot Case
Supreme Court ruling that declared slaves were not citizens of the United States.
Election of 1860
election where Abraham Lincoln defeated three opponents to win the presidency; upon Lincoln's election Southern states seceded from the Union.
free states
states where slavery was not legal
fugitive slave act
act that required runaway slaves to be returned to their masters if caught anywhere in the United States.
Georgia Platform
position supported by several prominent Georgia politicians who supported the Compromise of 1850.
Abraham Lincoln
The 16th president of the United States, Lincoln preserved the Union during the U.S. Civil War and brought about the emancipation of slaves.
Missouri Compromise
compromise that brought Missouri into the Union as a slave state and Maine as a free state; in addition, Congress banned slavery north of the 36˚20' line of latitude.
nullification
act of making legally null and void
secession
the act of separating from a nation or state and becoming independent; the withdrawal of eleven southern states from the Union in 1860, leading to the Civil War.
slave states
states where slavery was legal.
slavery
involuntary servitude of African-Americans or Blacks in the United States from 1619-1865.
states rights
the belief that a state's sovereignty is more important than that of the national government.
Alexander Stephens
important Georgia politician who was a U.S. Senator, Georgia Governor, and Vice-President of the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.).
Whig Party
national political party originally formed in opposition to Andrew Jackson's policies; influential second party in Georgia until the Civil War.