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A newly organized territory becomes a bloody battleground between proslavery and anti-slavery forces.
The hanging of a fanatically violent abolitionist makes him a martyr in the North and a hated symbol in the South.
A "black Republican" whose minority sectional victory in a presidential election provokes southern secession.
The fictional tale of a black slave's vicious treatment by the cruel Simon Legree touches millions of northern hearts and creates stronger opposition to slavery.
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