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Civil War

Vocabulary for The Antebellum Era

Slavery when a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant.
States' rights the belief that the states interests should take precedence over the interests of the national government
Nullification the failure or refusal of a U.S. state to aid in enforcement of federal laws within its limits
Missouri Compromise an act of Congress (1820) by which Missouri was admitted as a slave state, Maine as a free state, and slavery was prohibited in the Louisiana Purchase north of latitude 36°30′N, except for Missouri.
Compromise of 1850 allowed California as a free state, but let other territory choose if they wanted slavery
The Georgia Platform final settlement of the border slavery problems
Dred Scott case Scott went with his master to several free states the filed a lawsuit saying he was free because he had lived in a free state
Kansas-Nebraska Act created Kansas and Arkansas
Electon of 1860 Controversial election that started the Civil War
Alexander Stephens vice-president of the Confederate States
Created by: Werjandon