Drifting Towards Disunion, 1854-1861 Ch. 19 - AP US Literary Incendiaries - Abolitionists Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1851. It sold over 300,copies within a year. IT focuses on the breakup of families from slavery. The book was banned in most of the South yet it was also printed in different languages and sold around the world. Southerners quickly published books refuting Stowe’s themes but they had little impact. The book helped shape the North’s view of slavery. Lincoln later referred to her as the “little woman that made this great war.” Her book may have helped delay/deny recognition by Britain and France of the Confederacy due to the slave issue. More Literary Incendiaries - Abolitionists Hinton Rowan Helper, from North Carolina, wrote The Impending Crisis in the South. He wrote “slavery lies at the root all the shame, poverty, ignorance, tyranny and imbecility in the South.” Slavery took the best land and degraded all labor- hurting the non-slaveholders the most. His book was banned in the South. Mere possession of it was a criminal offense in part of the South. Republicans saw it as a confirmation of the evils of slavery. Between 1857 and 1861 nearly 150,000 copies of the book were circulated, and in 1860 the Republican party distributed it as a campaign document. In December 1859 Democrats returning to Congress reacted with indignation because 68 Republicans had endorsed the book and planned to use it as campaign literature in the presidential election of 1860. The opponents blocked the election of Republican John Literary Incendiaries – Pro-Slavery Pro-slavery forces moved from defending slavery as a necessary evil to expounding it as a positive good. Some insisted that African Americans were child-like people in need of protection, and that slavery provided a civilizing influence. Others argued that black people were biologically inferior to white people and were incapable of assimilating in free society. Still others claimed that slaves were necessary to maintain the progress of white society. The South promoted slavery. Their slaves had a higher standard of living than the blacks in the North. They never faced unemployment or wage cuts. They had free medical care and were taken care of in their old age. The system guaranteed the protection of the workers. George Fitzhugh wrote Cannibals All or Slaves without Masters. “... the Negro race is inferior to the white race, and living in their midst, they would be far outstripped or outwitted in the chaos of free competition." Fitzhugh compares the welfare of the southern slaves with that of northern factory workers. He claims that slavery is a necessary condition that provides shelter, and guardianship, not to be had in the north. He compares the concerns of the slave master with chose of the capitalist, finding the latter to be much more cruel and exploitative. More Literary Incendiaries – Pro-Slavery “The world at large looks on negro slavery as much the worst form of slavery; because it is only acquainted with West India slavery. But our Southern slavery has become a benign and protective institution, and our negroes are confessedly better off than any free laboring population in the world. How can we contend that white slavery is wrong, whilst all the great body of free laborers is starving; and slaves, white or black, throughout the world, are enjoying comfort? . . The aversion to negroes, the antipathy of race, is much greater at the North than at the South; and it is very probable that this antipathy to the person of the negro, is confounded with or generates hatred of the institution with which he is usually connected. Hatred to slavery is very generally little more than hatred of negroes.” When George Fitzhugh was invited to the North to debate abolitionist Wendell Phillips, Fitzhugh expressed surprise at his courteous reception. “A free society could tolerate free speech and a free press, while a slave society could not.” U.S. in 1854 Senator Douglas, the Democratic Senator from Illinois and Chairman of the Committee on Territories, introduced a bill in early 1854 to reorganize the territories. Douglas’s motives have been called into question as he had invested heavily in western lands and had a stake in getting the terminus of the planned transcontinental railroad located in Chicago Illinois. He was also interested in running for president and thought the publicity generated from this bill would help him achieve his goal. His Kansas Nebraska Act was one of the great blunders in all U.S. political history and started a chain of events that ended in the Civil War. http://www.sharpscollector.com/images/1852carbine1.jpg North & South Contest Kansas Kansas became the new battleground over slavery. (Yet, by 1860, only two slaves were listed in the census.) A.Jayhawkers & “Nebrascals” Abolitionist forces were sending people to Kansas. Some of them were armed with “Beecher’s Bibles”- Rifles named after abolitionist preacher Henry Ward Beecher. He (Henry W. Beecher) believed that the Sharps Rifle was a truly moral agency, and that there was more moral power in one of those instruments, so far as the slaveholders of Kansas were concerned, than in a hundred Bibles. You might just as well. . . read the Bible to Buffaloes as to those fellows who follow Atchison and Stringfellow; but they have a supreme respect for the logic that is embodied in Sharp's rifle. This article appeared in the New York Tribune on February 8, 1856 B.Border Ruffians flood in from MO C.Territorial Election of 1854 1.Fraudulent results elects pro-slavery legislature 2.Pro-slavery constitution is written by “Lecompton” government 3.Free-soilers counter with a convention in Lawrence to elect new legislature and write “free” constitution Bleeding Kansas, 1856-1860 The issue of slavery replaced the political battles over schools, temperance and immigration. Kansas became the focal point of the nation. Would Kansas enter as a free or slave state? Who would decide? When? These were the questions begging to be answered. People were coming to Kansas not so much to settle there but to decide the issue over slavery. The South saw this as a point of honor. A number of southerners voted illegally for a territorial government that legalized slavery. The “free state” party adopted their own legislature and constitution. Two governments were now established. Tensions climbed when proslavery forces burned the free soil town of Lawrence Kansas- mostly to burn a newspaper press. Brooks Bludgeons Sumner The US Congress argued over the issue of Kansas. Senator Charles Sumner of MA delivers blistering “The Crime Against Kansas” speech in May of 1856. In the speech, Sumner accused Sen. Butler (SC) of having taken "a mistress who, though ugly to others, is always lovely to him; though polluted in the sight of the world, is chaste in his sight—I mean, the harlot, Slavery." On 5/22/5, Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina used his cane to attack Sumner for his comments on the Senate floor. Sumner was sent to the hospital. Due to censure, Brooks resigned but was reelected. He received gifts of new canes from all over the South. His “barbaric” actions brought more people to the Republican Party. Some feared the South would start to beat the North as they beat their slaves. How does this event, Brooks caning Sumner, and its aftermath reveal that there is little hope for reconciliation? Well, if that was not bad enough …… Violent abolitionist response to Lawrence Massacre at Night - Pottawatomie A few days after the attack on Lawrence, abolitionist John Brown exacted his revenge by brutally murdering five pro-slavery sympathizers in the area near Lawrence. Accompanied by four of his sons and two others, Brown went from house to house on the evening of May 24 calling out suspected pro-slavery men and interrogating them about their sympathies. Unfortunately, five men were accused of pro-slavery sympathies and were immediately hacked to death with a broadsword. President Pierce sent federal troops to “Bleeding Kansas” to help quell the violence. Three years after the massacre, John Brown was executed by the state of Virginia for leading an unsuccessful raid on an army arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia in an attempt to capture arms for a slave uprising. http://haysvillelibrary.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/john-brown-mural-state- An artist's depiction of John Brown capitol.jpg and "Bleeding Kansas". The Election of 1856 A. Dems nominate “Kansas-less” James Buchanan B. Reps also go “Kansas-less” with John C. Fremont 1. Reps expected boost from unhappy northern Dems and former Whigs 2. Surprised by support for the American Party a. Know-Nothings do well with nativists in Northern cities b. Nominate Millard Fillmore C. Threats of secession, Fremont’s competence and Know-Nothingism leads to “Old Buck’s” victory D. Could the Reps declare this a “victorious defeat?” The Republican Party The Republicans opposed the extension of slavery and the Mormon practice of bigamy (having more than one wife). The slogan of the Republican party in the candidate was "Free Speech, Free Press, Free soil, Free Men, Fremont and Victory!" Campaign poster from the 1856 election. This scene was intended to remind voters of Fremont's famous exploring expeditions to the Rocky Mountains in 1842 and 1843. Fremont and his abolitionist supporters are made fun of. In particular, the artist condemns the Republican candidate's alliance with New York "Tribune" editor Horace Greeley and Henry Ward Beecher along with his role in the Kansas-Nebraska conflict. Fremont (center) rides a scrawny "Abolition nag" with the head of Greeley. The horse is led toward the left and "Salt River" (i.e., political doom) by prominent New York politician William Seward. Fremont muses hopefully, "This is pretty hard riding but if he only carries me to the White house in safety I will forgive my friends for putting me astride of such a crazy Old Hack." … On the right stands radical abolitionist minister Henry Ward Beecher, laden with rifles. He preaches in verse: "Be heavenly minded my brethren all But if you fall out at trifles; Settle the matter with powder and ball And I will furnish the rifles. A frontiersman (far right), a figure from Fremont's exploring past, leans on his rifle and comments, "Ah! Colonel!--you've got into a bad crowd--you'll find that dead Horse on the prairie, is better for the Constitution, than Abolition Soup or Wooly head stew in the White House." Fremont is portrayed as the champion of a motley array of radicals and reformers. As he stands patiently at far right he is "called upon" by (left to right): a temperance advocate, a cigar-smoking, trousered suffragette, a ragged socialist holding a liquor bottle, a spinsterish libertarian, a Catholic priest holding a cross, and a free black dandy. Temperance man: "The first thing we want, is a law making the use of Tobacco, Animal food, and Lager-bier a Capital Crime." Suffragette: "We demand, first of all; the recognition of Woman as the equal of man with a right to Vote and hold Office." Socialist: "An equal division of Property that is what I go in for." Elderly libertarian: "Col. I wish to invite you to the next meeting of our Free Love association, where the shackles of marriage are not tolerated & perfect freedom exist in love matters and you will be sure to Enjoy yourself, for we are all Freemounters." Priest: "We look to you Sir to place the power of the Pope on a firm footing in this Country." Freedman: "De Poppylation ob Color comes in first. arter dat, you may do wot you pleases." Fremont: "You shall all have what you desire. and be sure that the glorious Principles of Popery, Fourierism, Free Love, Woman's Rights, the Maine Law, & above all the Equality of our Colored brethren, shall be maintained; If I get into the Presidential Chair." The Democratic platform supported the compromise of 1850, opposed federal interference in slavery and supported the building of the transcontinental railroad. Democratic Presidential candidate James Buchanan (left) is depicted as a poor bachelor in his squalid quarters. A needle and thread in his hand, Buchanan examines a ragged coat on which he has just sewn a patch marked "Cuba." This is probably a reference to his authorship of the Ostend Manifesto of 1854, which proposed that the United States annex or seize Cuba. Buchanan says, "My Old coat was a very fashionable Federal coat when it was new, but by patching and turning I have made it quite a Democratic Garment. That Cuba patch to be sure is rather unsightly but it suits Southern fashions at this season, and then.” Buchanan's words here suggest that the desire to extend American slave territory motivated his Ostend designs on Cuba. His mention of converting a "Federal coat" to a Democratic one refers to his 1828 conversion from Federal party man to Jacksonian Democrat. An attack on the 1856 Democratic platform as pro-South and pro- slavery. In the center of the picture is a flagstaff bearing an American flag inscribed "Buchanan & Breckenridge. Modern Democracy." To its base are chained two slaves (right)--a man and a woman. The woman kneels before an overseer with a whip and pistol in his pocket, and asks, "Is this Democracy?" The overseer declares, "We will subdue you.” In the back is a ship firing on Cuba to reinforce the fact that the Democrats wanted to expand slave territory to that island. A critique of Democrats Kansas policy is shown at the back left. Beating of Senator Sumner in Congress Anti-slavery cartoon of the violence in Kansas during the 1856 Presidential election. In the center are pro-slavery “border ruffians” harassing Liberty after killing her husband. On the right is Senator Douglas and on the left is Democratic candidate James Buchanan . SUMMARY: The artist blames Democrats for the violence directed against anti-slavery settlers in Kansas after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Here a bearded "freesoiler" has been bound to the "Democratic Platform" and is restrained by two Lilliputian figures, presidential nominee James Buchanan and Democratic senator Lewis Cass. Democratic senator Stephen A. Douglas and president Franklin Pierce, also shown as tiny figures, force a black man into the giant's gaping mouth. The freesoiler's head rests on a platform marked "Kansas," "Cuba," and "Central America," probably referring to Democratic ambitions for the extension of slavery. In the background left is a scene of burning and pillage; on the right a dead man hangs from a tree. A nativist (Know Nothing Party) perspective on the campaign of 1856. In a race scene, American party candidate Millard Fillmore leads in the bid for the White House. Fillmore says, "Founded by Washington the only sure Line to Washington is the American Express," while his driver remarks, "We've got a sure thing on this race." He is trailed by Democratic candidate James Buchanan (center) carried on the shoulders of incumbent Franklin Pierce, and a cross-bearing John C. Fremont, in a carriage pulled by the woolly nag symbolic of abolitionism. Fremont is once again characterized as a pawn of antislavery interests. (The cross here alludes to rumors of his Catholicism.) His carriage is led by New York "Tribune" editor Horace Greeley, and it carries Fremont's wife Jessie and a large sack. It is at present mired in an "Abolition Cess Pool." Abolitionist preacher Henry Ward Beecher tries to force the back wheel using a rifle as a lever. Beecher: "Brother Horace jerk his [i.e., the nag's] head up once more and Shriek for Kansas, and I'll give the wheel a pry with my rifle." The reference is to Republican attempts to exploit the Kansas violence as an election issue, and to Beecher's arming of antislavery settlers in Kansas. Greeley: "It's no use crying Kansas any more it dont Prick his Ears a bit--I guess we're about used up." Fremont: "Oh that I had kept the road & not tried to wade through this dirty ditch, but these fellows persuaded me, it was a shorter Way--and so I've gone it blind.'" Buchanan (to Pierce): "Frank, I am afraid we aint got legs enough to beat Fillmore, but its some comfort to see old Greelys team stuck in the mud." Pierce: "I don't see how my party expect me to carry this old platform in, a winner, when they thought I had'nt legs enough to run for myself." Below the image entries in the race are described: "Young America. --- Enters, Fillmore' by Honesty out of Experience (trained on the Union track). "Democrat.-- Enters, 2ld Buck' (alias Platform') by Fillibuster out of Federalist' 8xercised on the Ostend Course.' "Greeley, Weed, Beecher & Co.--Enters, Ca-nuck Pony, Freemont,' by Wooly Head' out of Wooly Horse' from the Mariposa stable.)" A pro Fillmore satire, whose campaign slogan was "the right man in the right place." Fillmore was nominated at the American party's February 22 convention in Philadelphia. Here he is the embodiment of equanimity, in stark contrast to the combative hostility of Republican John C. Fremont (left) and Democrat James Buchanan. Fillmore mediates between the two men, who are armed here with a musket and dagger respectively. Fremont: "He's a border ruffian! and I'll shoot the Slave-holding Villain!" He associates Buchanan with recent violence against antislavery settlers in Kansas, and with the slaveholding interests. Buchanan, raising his dagger but restrained by Fillmore: "Let go! Let me at him! I'll make Mince meat of the rascally abolitionist!" Fillmore: "Stop! Stop! My friends, I cant allow any fighting, there must be peace between you as long as I stand here." Letter to Joshua F. Speed from A. Lincoln August 24, 1855 I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we begin by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty-to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy. http://www.kshs.org/exhibits/blc/fremont_john.htm http://haysvillelibrary.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/james-buchanan.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Millard_Fillmore.jpg http://www.100bestwebsites.org/alt/evmaps/electoral-maps.htm Election of 1856 1856 Election results. Notice which states voted for the anti-slavery Republican Party. The Dred Scott Decision (1857) A. Background of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney B. Background of Dred Scott C. High Court’s Motives (strict interpretation) D. High Court’s Ruling 1. Slaves are not citizens and cannot sue 2. Slaves are property protected by the 5th Amendment a. Territorial restrictions on slavery are unconstitutional b. MO Compromise was therefore unconstitutional E. Elation in the South & woe in the North F. Anger on both sides. Reasons? Dred Scott Decision 1. Dred Scott, born a slave, had been taken by his master, an army surgeon, into the free portion of the Louisiana territory. 2. Upon his master's death, Scott sued in Missouri for his freedom, on the grounds that since slavery was outlawed in the free territory, he had become a free man there, and "once free always free." 3. The argument was rejected by a Missouri court. 4. Scott and his white supporters managed to get the case into federal court, where the issue was simply whether a slave had standing -- that is, the legal right to sue in a federal court. The first question the Supreme Court had to decide was whether it had jurisdiction. If Scott had standing, then the Court had jurisdiction, and the justices could go on to decide the merits of his claim. But if, as a slave, Scott did not have standing, then the Court could dismiss the suit for lack of jurisdiction. 5. The Court ruled Scott, as a slave, could not exercise the prerogative of a free citizen to sue in federal court and that should have been the end of the case. 6. Chief Justice Taney and the other Southern sympathizers on the Court hoped that a definitive ruling would settle the issue of slavery in the territories once and for all. So they went on to rule the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was unconstitutional since Congress could not forbid citizens from taking their property, i.e., slaves, into any territory owned by the United States. A slave, Taney ruled, was property, nothing more, and could never be a citizen. 7. The South applauded the ruling, but in the North it raised a storm of protest and scorn. It helped create the Republican Party, and disgust at the decision may have played a role in the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Dred Scott Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger B. Taney “Upon these considerations it is the opinion of the Court that the act of Congress which prohibited a citizen from holding and owning property of this kind in the territory of the United States north of the line therein mentioned is not warranted by the Constitution and is therefore void; and that neither Dred Scott himself, nor any of his family, were made free by being carried into this territory; even if they had been carried there by the owner with the intention of becoming a permanent resident.” Dred Scott Decision On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney read the majority opinion of the Court, which stated Black people were not citizens of the United States and, therefore, could not expect any protection from the federal government or the courts; the opinion also stated that Congress had no authority to ban slavery from a federal territory. The decision of Scott v. Sandford was considered by legal scholars to be the worst ever rendered by the Supreme Court. The Republican Party decided their only course of action would be to win control of the government and appoint new judges to overturn the decision. Judgment in the U.S. Supreme Court Case Dred Scott v. John F. A. Sandford, March 6, 1857 Lincoln Douglas Debates: Illinois 1858 The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of formal political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in a campaign for one of Illinois' two United States Senate seats. Although Lincoln lost the election, these debates launched him into national prominence which eventually led to his election as President of the United States. “In my speeches I confined myself closely to those three positions which he had taken, controverting his proposition that this Union could not exist as our fathers made it, divided into free and slave States, controverting his proposition of a crusade against the Supreme Court because of the Dred Scott decision, and controverting his proposition that the Declaration of Independence included and The debates were meant the negroes as well as the white men, when it declared all men held in seven Illinois to be created equal. “ Stephen Douglas cities. Fifth Debate at Galesburg, Illinois, October 7, 1858 Lincoln and Douglas debated the expansion of slavery, the authority of states to control slavery within their own borders, and whether the Dred Scott decision had been correct. Lincoln's and Douglas's opinions on the expansion of slavery were different. Lincoln opposed slavery expansion, while Douglas believed in popular sovereignty, or the ability of each state government to determine its own laws and policies. The Lecompton Constitution was the second of four proposed constitutions for the state of Kansas. The document was written in response to the anti-slavery position of the 1855 Topeka Constitution. The territorial legislature, consisting mostly of slave- owners, met at the designated capital of Lecompton in September 1857 to produce a rival document. Free-state supporters, who comprised a large majority of actual settlers, boycotted the vote. Buchanan's appointee as territorial governor of Kansas, Robert J. Walker, although a strong defender of slavery, opposed the blatant injustice of the Constitution and resigned rather than implement it. This new constitution enshrined slavery in the proposed state and protected the rights of slaveholders. In addition, the constitution provided for a referendum that allowed voters the choice of allowing more slaves to enter the territory. Both the Topeka and Lecompton constitutions were placed before the people of the Kansas Territory for a vote, and both votes were boycotted by supporters of the opposing faction. In the case of Lecompton, however, the vote was boiled down to a single issue, expressed on the ballot as "Constitution with Slavery" v. "Constitution with no Slavery." But the "Constitution with no Slavery" clause would have not made Kansas a free state; it merely would have banned future importation of slaves into Kansas (something deemed by many as unenforceable). Boycotted by free-soilers, the referendum suffered from serious voting irregularities, with over half the 6,000 votes deemed fraudulent. Nevertheless, both it and the Topeka Constitution were sent to Washington for approval by Congress. The Lecompton Constitution A. Rigged constitutional vote results in two constitutions being sent to Congress in 1857 1. President Buchanan sides with pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution B. Stephen Douglas refuses to support such a mockery of popular sovereignty 1. Impact on Douglas? C. Democrats now hopelessly divided along sectional lines D. Constitution sent back to Kansas for popular referendum 1. Overwhelmingly rejected by free soil majority 2. Kansas remains a territory until 1861 The Crash of 1857 & the Triumph of “King Cotton” A. Reasons for the Panic & Impact on the North 1. Immediate cause - failure of the New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Co. 2. Loss of S.S. Central America 3. British investors removed funds from American banks 4. The fall of grain prices 5. Surplus of manufactured goods = massive layoffs 6. Widespread railroad failures 7. Land speculation programs collapsed with the railroads 8. Spreads to Europe and lasts for 3 years B. Demands on the government? C. Impact on the South (Who’s da King?) 1. Read pp. 378-379 (red book) The Rise of Abe Lincoln A. Lincoln’s family background 1. Move from KY to IN to IL 2. Marriage to Mary Todd 3. Self-educated 4. Successful law practice B. Lincoln’s political background 1. Whig (IL and US Congress) a. “spot resolutions” of Mexican War period 2. Free Soiler 3. Republican Abraham Lincoln http://haysvillelibrary.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/lincoln-president-elect-a-postscript/ The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 1858 A. The true purpose of the debates B. The Freeport Debate 1. Lincoln challenges Douglas to defend pop. sov. in light of Dred Scott decision 2. What was Douglas’ response? a. It matters not what way the Supreme Court may hereafter decide as to the abstract question whether slavery may or may not go into a Territory under the Constitution, the people have the lawful means to introduce it or exclude it as they please, for the reason that slavery cannot exist a day or an hour anywhere, unless it is supported by local police regulations. b. Known as the “Freeport Doctrine” 3. Why did this doctrine prompt one Southern to describe Douglas as a “dead cock in the pit”? John Brown’s Raid and Martyrdom A. Supported by prominent abolitionists, John Brown attacks the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, VA in October of 1859 1. Purpose? 2. Result? 3. Northern reaction to Brown’s execution a. Some viewed Brown as a martyr 4. Southern reaction to the Northern reaction a. Militia system re-vitalized “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood….” Sectional strife was growing ever more acute. On the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown, a dedicated abolitionist who captured and killed five proslavery settlers in Kansas three years before, led a band of followers in an attack on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry in what is now the state of West Virginia. Brown's goal was to use the weapons seized to lead a slave uprising. After two days of fighting, Brown and his surviving men were taken prisoner by a force of U.S. marines commanded by Colonel Robert E. Lee. Alarm ran through the nation. For many Southerners, Brown's attempt confirmed their worst fears. Many white Southerners wrongly believed most Northerners were abolitionists like Brown. Abolitionists hailed Brown as a martyr to a great cause. Most Northerners repudiated his deed, seeing in it an assault on law and order. Brown was tried for conspiracy, treason and murder, Southerners who had been undecided on secession and on December 2, 1859, he was were won over to the pro secession side in fear their hanged. To the end, he believed he lives and property were no longer safe from northern had been an instrument in the hand intrusion. The Harper's Ferry raid by itself may not have of God. been significant, but coming as it did at the end of a long line of divisive incidents, it may well have been the catalyst for America's Civil War. John Brown 1859 Photos and a painting of John Brown, his wife and daughters 1859 drawings of John Brown’s the attack on Harper’s Ferry John Brown's Sharps Carbine rifle he used in the raid on Harper’s Ferry "I believe that to have interfered as I have done . . . in behalf of His despised poor, I did not wrong but right. Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life . . . and mingle my blood . . . with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I say let it be done." John Brown John Brown and four “…It [the Bible] teaches me other survivors were further to "remember them that taken to Charlestown, are in bonds, as bound with Virginia for trial. His them." I endeavored to act up to statements during the that instruction. I say, I am too trial were published young to understand that God is and widely read any respecter of persons. I inspiring many with his believe that to have interfered as righteous indignation I have done -- as I have always toward slavery. The freely admitted I have done -- in hanging made Brown behalf of His despised poor, was an abolitionist martyr. not wrong, but right. Now if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments. -- I submit; so let it be done!” Two views of John Brown leaving the courthouse after being condemned to death John Brown's body lies a-moldering in the grave, John Brown's body lies a-moldering in the grave, In the Civil War, which John Brown's body lies a-moldering in the grave, soon followed his Death His soul is marching on. Chorus Union soldiers often Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! sang versions of this Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! Glory, Glory! Hallelujah! song honoring John His soul is marching on. Brown. 2 He captured Harper's Ferry with his nineteen men so true, He frightened old Virginia till she trembled through and through; They hung him for a traitor, themselves the traitor crew, His soul is marching on. Chorus 3 John Brown died that the slave might be free, John Brown died that the slave might be free, John Brown died that the slave might be free, But his soul is marching on! Chorus 4 The stars above in Heaven are looking kindly down, The stars above in Heaven are looking kindly down, The stars above in Heaven are looking kindly down, On the grave of old John Brown. Chorus John Brown’s grave Four parties ran candidates in the 1860 election Northern Democrats Republicans Stephen Douglas Abraham Lincoln Southern Constitutional Democrats Union John Breckinridge John Bell Lincoln won the 1860 Republican Presidential nomination from the front runner William H. Seward who was too closely identified with abolition anti-slavery forces to win. A cartoon on the temporary split within the Republican party resulting from the nomination of Abraham Lincoln for the presidency in 1860. Here New York senator and would-be nominee William H. Seward watches as the radical antislavery senator from Massachusetts Charles Sumner releases a snarling cat, the "Spirit of Discord," from a "Republican Bag." The cat bolts toward New York "Tribune" editor Horace Greeley and Lincoln, who wields a rail in his defense. Greeley exclaims, "What are you doing Sumner! you'll spoil all! she ain’t to be let out until after Lincoln is elected,--" Lincoln, also alarmed, rejoins, "Oh Sumner! this is too bad!--I thought we had her safely bagged at Chicago [i.e., the Republican national convention at Chicago], now there will be the old scratch to pay, unless I can drive her back again with my rail!" Sumner replies, "It's no use talking Gentlemen, I wasn’t mentioned at Chicago, and now I'm going to do something desperate, I can't afford to have my head broken and be kept corked up four years for nothing!" The mention of his broken head refers to the widely publicized 1856 beating inflicted on Sumner by South Carolina congressman Preston S. Brooks..) Seward warns, "Gentlemen be cautious you don't know how to manage that animal as well as I did, and I’m afraid that some of you will get "scratched." The Republicans gained the electoral advantage when the Democratic vote split between the Northern and Southern candidates Northern Democrats Southern Democrats A non-partisan satire, making fun of all four candidates in the 1860 presidential election. A map of the United States hung on a wall is being torn apart by three of the candidates. Lincoln (far left) and Douglas tear at the western part of the country, as Breckinridge (center) attacks the South. The fourth, John Bell (right), stands on a stool trying to repair the northeastern section with a jar of glue. Lincoln would not assume the presidency until March of 1861. By then seven southern states had seceded and a lame duck President Buchanan and Congress could do little to stop the dissolution of the Union. 180 160 Lincoln 140 scored a 120 100 Lincoln decisive 80 Douglas Breckinridge victory in 60 Bell electoral votes 40 20 0 electorial vote 2000000 1800000 but 1600000 he received 1400000 1200000 Lincoln 1000000 800000 Douglas Breckinridge less than 600000 Bell 40% of the 400000 200000 popular vote 0 popular vote The Two Democratic Parties A. Democrats convention of 1860 in Charleston, SC ends in “fire-eaters” walking out. Why? 1. demanded the adoption of a platform which explicitly protected slavery B. Dems reconvene in Baltimore, MD 1. Southerners walk out again 2. Northerners nominate Stephen Douglas. Platform? a. support of the Constitution and the Supreme Court C. Southern Dems reconvene in Baltimore and nominate VP John C. Breckenridge of KY 1. Platform? D. Mixed bag of old Unionists (some Dems., and left over Whigs and Know-Nothings) form Constitutional Union Party and nominate John Bell of TN 1. Platform? http://haysvillelibrary.wordpre ss.com/2008/12/16/lincoln- president-elect-a-postscript/ http://www.learnnc.org/lp/edit ions/nchist-antebellum/5330 http://www.hmdb.org/marker. asp?marker=12094 http://www.answers.com/topic /john-bell Lincoln & the Republicans A. Why was Lincoln nominated over Seward, Chase and Bates? B. Platform planks 1. Prevent expansion of slavery into territories 2. Protective tariffs 3. Homestead law C. Southern charges against Lincoln D. The campaign 1. Douglas conducts first nationwide tour 2. Lincoln not on 9 southern state ballots a. Only wins 2 of 996 southern counties http://www.100bestwebsites.org/alt/evmaps/electoral-maps.htm Southern slave states-1860 % of slave ownership in the South-1860 80% 75% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 20% 10% 1% 3% 0% 50 or 20-49 1-19 No more slaves slaves slaves slaves Southern Society % of Population Attributes Large slave plantation Less than 1% of white 50 or more slaves, over owners families 1,000 acres in property Mid-size slave plantation 3% of white families 20-49 slaves, over 100 owners acres, most powerful group in the South Small slave holders 20% of white families 1-19 slaves, mostly farmers and a smaller urban middle class Non slave owing whites 75% of white families Yeomen farmers and tenant farmers. Some urban workers Free Blacks 6% of Blacks Legal and social restrictions limited their opportunities Slaves By 1860 1/3rd of South’s Majority worked on population plantations http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Storming_the_castle_(1860_election).jpg The Election of 1860 Splits the Nation A. Lincoln was a true sectional, minority president 1. What does this mean? B. Could the Democrats have won if they had reunited under Douglas? C. Why did the results not herald immediate secession? D. Why was the election of Lincoln not that damaging to the South? Secession A. SC secedes in December of 1860 1. Followed by AL, MS, FL, GA, LA, & TX B. Meeting in Montgomery, AL they create the Confederate States of America 1. Elect Jefferson Davis as President 2. Adopt variation of US Constitution C. Why was “old Buck” helpless to stop this chain of events? The Election of Abraham Lincoln was the trigger which set off the first wave of secession in the southern slave states. A view of the public meeting in Johnson Square, Savannah, prompted by news of Lincoln's election, where a resolution was adopted for a state secession convention. In the nocturnal scene, the square is crowded with animated spectators surrounding an obelisk, where a banner emblazoned with the image of a coiled rattlesnake and the words "Our Motto Southern Rights, Equality of the States, Don't Tread on Me" is displayed. Attempt to prevent a war between the states The Crittenden Compromise It was one of several schemes to prevent open warfare and reunite the nation. In an attempt to stop states from seceding, a Senate plan authored mainly by John J. Crittenden of Kentucky proposed a compromise plan. It consisted of a series of proposed constitutional amendments, which protected slavery in all territories south of the Missouri Compromise line of 36° 30' "now held, or hereafter acquired," while prohibiting it north of the line; prohibited Congress from abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, or in national jurisdictions within slave states; forbade federal interference with interstate slave trade; and indemnified owners prevented by "local opposition" from recovering fugitive slaves. These amendments would have been perpetually binding, non amendable and could not be repealed “for all time”. Other provisions added on to the Crittenden Compromise would have modified the fugitive slave law and requested that states repeal laws that conflicted with it. Republicans in Congress opposed the Compromise, Senator John J. Crittenden seeing it as an utter repudiation of their platform. They were able to kill it in committee on December 28, 1860, and on the Senate floor on January 16, 1861. Secession Map An attack on the new Confederate Government showing it as a government in league with Satan. From left to right are: "Mr. Mob Law Chief Justice," a well-armed ruffian carrying a pot of tar; Secretary of State Robert Toombs raising a staff with a "Letter of Marque" (a governmental authorization to seize subjects or property of foreign state, here a reference to Georgia's January seizure of federal Fort Pulaski and the Augusta arsenal); CSA President Jefferson Davis, wearing saber and spurs. Vice President Alexander Stephens holds forward a list of "The Fundamental Principles of our Government," including treason, rebellion, murder, robbery, incendiarism, and theft. Behind the group, on horseback, is Confederate general Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, commander of forces at the bombardment of Fort Sumter. The delegation is received by Satan and two demonic attendants, who sit in a large cave at right. One attendant has over his shoulder a gallows from which hangs a corpse; the other holds a pitchfork. Satan holds a crown and scepter for Davis in his right hand, while in his left hand he hides a noose behind his back. He greets the Confederates, "Truly! Fit representatives of our Realm." Over his head flies a banner with the palmetto of South Carolina and six stars. A large snake curls round its staff. The Failure of Compromise A. Provisions of the Crittenden Compromise 1. New Amendments a. Missouri Compromise (1820–21) extended to CA b. continuation of slavery where it already existed. c. advocated slavery in the District of Columbia, d. Protect interstate slave trade e. No future amendments can repeal these or impact slavery in the South 2. Uphold the fugitive slave law (1850) B. Lincoln orders Republicans in Congress to oppose it at all costs. Why? The Logic (?) of Secession A. The “despotic majority of numbers” B. Free soilism C. Abolitionism D. Northern interference E. Yankee dependency on cotton F. Throw off yoke of Northern colonialism G. Nationalism H. Precedence of the American Revolution Was this Civil War Unavoidable? AP US History Name: Period: Ch. 19 Key Themes & Terms Main Terms: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hinton R. Helper, “Bleeding” Kansas, John Brown, Lecompton Constitution, James Buchanan, American (Know Nothing) Party, Election of 1856, Dred Scott, Roger Taney, Crash of ’57, Tariff of 1857, Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, Freeport Doctrine, Harpers Ferry, Election of 1860, James Henry Crittenden, Jefferson Davis Secondary Terms: Pottawatomie Creek, Lawrence, Kansas, “Beecher’s Bibles”, Preston Brooks, Charles Sumner, John C. Fremont, secession, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Impending Crisis in the South, George Fitzhugh, Cannibals All!, Themes: 1. What was the sequence of events (crises) that led from the Kansas-Act to secession? 2. How did the political developments of the period work to fragment the Democratic Party and benefit the Republican Party? 3. How did the Dred Scott decision and Harpers Ferry deepen sectional antagonism? 4. What was the result of the Lincoln-Douglas debates? Why did the nation focus on a series of Illinois debates? 5. How did the election of 1860 reflect the sectional crisis facing the nation? How did events unfold as a result of the election?
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