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  1. When gold was discovered in California 300,000 people rushed to the state seeking riches.
  2. Henry Clay's term as senator of Kentucky.
  3. The Fugitive Slave law was rarely enforced.
  4. Uncle Tom's cabin.
  5. The Kansas Nebraska Act.
  6. The Dread Scott Decision.
  7. Twenty-three states remained loyal to the union.

As a result of the Mexican American War, Mexico lost almost half of its territory to the United States. The victory of the Mexican American War seemed to fulfill the citizens' beliefs in Manifest Destiny. The newly acquired territories of the United States put pressure between the Northern and the Southern states. The Northern states were against slavery and the Southern states were for it, thus a decision had to be made. The South wanted to expand their agriculture and as the newly acquired Western states were agricultural, the South felt they had rights to it. The North however, feared a Southern takeover and wanted the South contained. (?Mexican American War?)

[...] (?American Civil Twenty-three states remained loyal to the union. The states of Nevada and West Virginia joined and Tennessee and Louisiana were soon returned to the Union. The North believed that the Southern states which had left the Union were misguided and unreasonable and that they were overreacting. Although no profound military planning had officially begun, governors in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania quietly began buying weapons and training militia units. (?American Civil In Washington in 1861 a pre-war peace conference was held in a failed attempt at resolving the crisis. [...]

[...] Confederate President Jefferson Davis ordered troops to attack the remaining Union-held forts in the Confederacy. The Northern governors that had been discreetly building a militia for months before that began to move their own forces the very next day. (?American Civil Works cited: "Mexican-American War." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia Dec 2007, 04:05 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc Dec 2007 . "Compromise of 1850." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia Dec 2007, 06:02 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc Dec 2007 . "Fugitive Slave Law of 1850." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia Dec 2007, 13:27 UTC. [...]

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