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• Missouri Compromise
Compromise of 1850
Dred Scott Decision
Abraham Lincoln
Emancipation Proclamation

Definition: The forced servitude of one person by another. The Supreme Court, in the Dred Scott Decision, reinforced it. Congress reinforced it in act after act (from the Missouri Compromise to the Compromise of 1850). Lincoln did not officially stand against it until the Emancipation Proclamation. Yet, the Civil War in the end was a war over slavery. Fugitive Slave Laws were passed; abolitionists cried foul; the Underground Railroad spirited thousands to safety; Southerners refused to let their slaves fight for them or alongside them. Slavery was an all-encompassing way of life that many in the South could not give up and many in the North could not let live.

Related Resources:
More articles, links, etc.

The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Born in Slavery
All-encompassing Library of Congress site.

The Slave Trade
Facts, figures, first-hand accounts, laws, and more.

A Journal from Slavery to Freedom
Good overview, including details and names not familiar to most.

Chronology on the History of Slavery
Trace the sordid events from 1619 to 1789.

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