- How did the debate over slavery unfold in the 1850s as the territorial question came to the forefront of national politics?
- How did Americans confront this new, more democratic Second Party System?
The events that set stage for the civil war that started in 1861 unfolded in 1850. The crisis of republicanism, a tradition that grew, as a result, of America's fight for independence was the root of the crisis that occurred in 1850. The agreement of the 1850 failed to solve the issues between the two conflicting parties despite their expectations. The year was full of a series of legislation's over slavery and the western territories that were aimed to defuse sectional tensions. However, they were unable to solve deep social and political problems. The two leading parties had maintained alliances from as early as 1820-1846 that helped to suppress sectional ideologies. However, the happenings of 1850 compromised the alliance and showed how fragile the alliances were. In order to maintain these alliances and balance interests between the two parties, the parties had to isolate issues concerning slavery. It was, however, difficult to abolish the issue of slavery in the national politics due to the expanding nation coupled with the rise of militant abolitionist (Henreta, 2000).
[...] They even linked slavery with the biblical times of Abraham. Supporters made comparisons between the treatment of the workers in Europe, and the claimed that the slaves were treated well than those workers. Abolitionism was the termed used to refer to the abolition of the slave trade in the 1830s. The anti-slave supporters were radicalized by their pro-slavery opponents. The Northern states pioneered the abolition of the slave trade. Contrary to the supporters of the slave trade, the antislavery activists advocated more limited political solutions that banned slavery from the western territories. [...]
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[...] The disagreement can lead to division in politics and may result to collapsing of the political party with emerging new parties increasing competition in political life. These difficulties can be overcome through dialogue with the opposition side and try to listen to their views to help solve the political differences and work together to establish strong political base AMERICA FOUNDATION 6 Bibliography Henretta, J. A. (2000). America's history: Volume 1. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins. Tocqueville, A Reeve, H., & In Commager, H. S. [...]