HIS 104 Assignment 2.1 – Thesis and Outline

Assignment 2.1: Thesis and Outline

Liberty Challenged in 19th Century America

HIS 104

Part 1 Thesis: During the 19th century, slavery was the most concentrated issue in the United States. The abolition of slavery brought on a movement for Africa American in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. Ultimately, there were issues behind the movement that may have led to the Civil War.

Part 2

A. Name 2 outcomes in America for each event below

3/5 Compromise

a. Apportionment of taxes and slaves

b. The South would be represented in House of Representative

Missouri Compromise  

a. Maine was admitted as a free state and Missouri a slave state

b. The House voted (Missouri) remaining territories in the Louisiana Purchase above the 36° 30´ north latitude

Compromise of 1850

a. Fugitive State Law- Required Northerners to return runaway slaves to their owner under penalty law

b. The 16th state to become slave free was California

Kansas-Nebraska Act

a. It allowed people in the territories to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within the borders

b. The Republican Party created, 1854

Dred Scott decision

a. Slaves were considered as a property and not a citizen in the U.S.

b. The Missouri Compromise 1850 was unconstitutional

Part 2

B. Name 3 reasons slavery is incompatible with capitalism, politics

Part 2

  • Financial discrepancies of slavery caused unavoidable death
  • The immorality of unfree labor
  • Slavery considered profitable property

C. Name 3 issues that led to the Civil War


  • The Abolitionist Movement
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • States’ Rights

Three-Fifths Compromise. By: Porter, David L., Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2017.

Missouri Compromise. By: Thur, Vincent M., Salem Encyclopedia, 2017.

Clay’s Compromise. By: Remini, Robert V., American Heritage, vol. 60, no. 2, 2010, pp. 23-26.

Kansas-Nebraska Act. By: Gardner, John C., Schweikart, Larry, Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2017.

Dred Scott v. Sandford. By: Clark, John G., Jewell, K. Sue, Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2017.

Social-Property Relations, Class- Conflict and the Origins of the US Civil War: Towards a New Social Interpretation. By: Post, Charles, Historical Materialism, vol. 19, no. 4, Dec. 2011, pp. 129-168.

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