Slavery and States' Rights By jamie carrick

1. Under the states rights arument, state power was greater than federal power. 2. After much debate, Texas entered the Union in 1845 as a slave state.
3. In 1854 Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. 4. This act allowed Kansas and Nebraska Territores to decide whether to be free or slave state.
5. In 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court dealt anti slavery forces a blow with the Dred Scott decision. 6. The court ruled that African Americans were not citizens and therefore could not sue in federal court.
7. After the election, South Carolina chose to secede, or formally withdraw from the Union. 8. This angered Unionists or people who wanted to work out differences over slavery.
9. The confederate constitution emphasized the sovereignty, or supremacy, of the states and the right of people to hold slaves. 10. There representatives from the seceding states formed the Confederate States of America.


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