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FMS 8th Ch 15

U.S. History

TermDefinition
Popular Sovereignty The idea that political power belongs to the people.
Wilmot Proviso A document stating that neither slavery not involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of the territory.
Sectionalism Favoring the interests of one section or region over the interests of the entire country.
Free-Soil Party Antislavery northerners who supported the Wilmot Proviso
Compromise of 1850 California entered the Union as a free state. The rest of Mexican Cession was divided into 2 territories where slavery would be decide by popular sovereignty.
Fugitive Slave Act Made it a crime to help runaway slaves and allowed official to arrest those slave in free areas.
Uncle Tom's Cabin A antislavery novel which spoke out against slavery.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Stephen Douglas American politicians and pro-slavery nominee for president-debate Lincoln. Proposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Established the Freeport Doctrine.
Kansas-Nebraska Act A plan that would divide the remainder of the Louisiana Purchase into 2 territories--allowed people in each territory to decide on the question of slavery.
Republican Party A political party formed in the 1850's to stop the spread of slavery in the West.
James Buchanan 15th president of the U.S. He was chosen as the Democratic nominee for president in 1854 for being experienced and not offensive to slave states.
John C Fre'mont First Republican candidate for president. He was against the spread of slavery.
Dred Scott Enslaved African who filed suit for his freedom state that his time in living in a free state made him a free man.
Roger B. Taney U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice who wrote the majority opinion in the Dred Scott decision.
Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the U.S. He promoted equal rights for African Americans through debates. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Lincoln-Douglas Debates A series of debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858, when both were campaigning for election to the United States Senate from Illinois. Much of the debating concerned slavery and its extension into territories such as Kansas.
Created by: Stoll FMS