You have already developed a thesis statement and an outline in which you explored the peculiar institution known as slavery. Now you will develop the final paper in which you explore your main points in detail.
- Introduce your paper with your previously crafted thesis statement.
- Describe two (2) outcomes of the 3/5ths Compromise, Missouri Compromise of 1820, Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott Decision. Note: Be sure to provide two (2) outcomes for each legislation.
- Suggest three (3) reasons why slavery was, and is, incompatible with our political and economic system.
- List three to five (3-5) driving forces that led to the Civil War.
- Use at least three (3) academic references besides or in addition to the textbook. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Thesis and Outline
Part 1: Thesis Statement
Slavery was the main and most common form of oppression during the America’s colonial period. Africans were captured and transported to work in farms and industries in America. Besides, most European colonial economies in the Americas heavily relied on the enslaved workforce for development and survival. The European colonial officials believed that their abundant land located in America was valueless without the adequate workforce to work on it (Patterson 2019). The most preferred technique was the slavery systems of labor exploitation from the African population since neither the Native American nor European could provide sufficient labor to the task. Slavery signified a severe way of exploitation to benefit from acquisitive individuals and the connected legislations including Missouri Compromise of 1820 introduced policies in a bid to solve slavery.
Part 2: Outline
A. Outcomes of legislations
1. Outcomes of 3/5th compromise
· It enabled slave states to gain disparate influence on position of power like the Supreme Court and the presidency.
2. Missouri Compromise of 1820
· Missouri was registered to the union as a slave state.
· Exclusion of slavery from the new states in the Louisiana Purchase.
3. Compromise of 1820
· It overturned the Missouri Compromise.
· It forced the northerners to return slaves to their homes under consequence of law.
4. The Kansas-Nebraska Act
· It allowed all the territories to make decision on slavery based on the popular sovereignty (Egerton 2018).
· It violated the Missouri Compromise.
5. The Dred Scott Decision
· African Americans were ruled to never be United States citizens.
· The Supreme Court ruled that slaves who had lived in a free state were no entitled to its freedom.
· Slavery is not compatible to the United States economic and political system since it deliberately uses means of exploitation to reap from acquisitive individuals owning the means of production (Pisanelli 2019).
· Slavery as a production system cannot suppress operations that are established by a system developed on profit and principles.
C. Driving forces of the Civil War.
· The widespread practice of slavery that raised concern and rebellion among the affected.
· A political control of a system that resulted to division and eventually the cold war.
· The power given to the federal government over the states (Daly 2016).
· Cultural values and economic interests that triggered a conflict between the parties.
Daly, S. Z. (2016). Organized violence after civil war: The geography of recruitment in Latin America. Cambridge University Press.
Egerton, D. R. (2018). The F Street Mess: How Southern Senators Rewrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
Patterson, O. (2019). The denial of slavery in contemporary American sociology. Theory and Society, 48(6), 903-914.
Pisanelli, S. (2019). Slavery and commercial society in his Principles of Political Economy. The Economic Thought of Sir James Steuart: First Economist of the Scottish Enlightenment.