This left the decision whether a state would enter the Union slave or free up to the territorial legislature representing the people of that territory.
A controversial Supreme Court case that angered abolitionists by declaring that slaves were not citizens and could not claim their freedom even in Noerthern states.
A fanatical American abolitionist, he led an armed band that seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, VA, hoping to set off a general slave revolt. Also involved in the Pottawatomie Creek Massacre.
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