Slavery and States' rights By: renae

Facts

- The United States divided along sectional lines because of regional economic differences

- in 1854 Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

- this act allowed the Kansas and Nebraska Territories to divide whether to be free or slave states

- in 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court dealt anti slavery forces a blow with the Dred Scott decision.

- after the election, South Carolina chose to secede, or formally withdraw from the Union.

- Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana also Seceded

- representatives from the seceding states formed a government called the Confederate States of America, or the Confederacy.

- the Confederate Consitution emphasized the sovereignty, or supremacy, of the states and the right of people to hold slaves.

- On March 5, 1861, the Texas Secession Convention reassembled to write a new state constitution.

- many Texans supported secession because of states' rights.

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