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There are many events throughout US History that lead to the North and South fighting each other in the Civil War. As we look through the events you will see that the main issue is Slavery and whether or not it should be allowed in the United States. In the 1820’s and 1830’s the Abolitionist movement heightened the slavery issue by the north. In 1827 New York abolishes slavery which became the first state in the north to go from a slave state to Free State. In 1838 the Underground Railroad is created by a black abolitionist Robert Purvis, and then in 1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland. She reportedly returned to the South 19 times and brought out more than 300 slaves all through the use of the Underground Railroad. Also during the time of the Abolishment movement women started fighting for their rights. Women started to feel like they could relate to the slaves, since women had no real rights. Most women were married, and worked in the home. Anything the women would make or any property she owned automatically converted to her husband when they married. If for any reason they divorced, the husband would get everything including the children, in most cases. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott both abolitionists, started the women’s right movement after they were required to sit behind a curtain at a world antislavery convention in London. They issued a Declaration of Sentiments which stated “All men and women are created equal” (Davidson, Gienapp, Heyrman, Lytle & Stoff, 2006). Women’s rights and abolishment issues were becoming two of the hottest topics when it came to elections locally and nationally. Women felt excluded since they could not vote, and if they filed a petition, which was the only political right they had, it was not taken with the seriousness that a man’s petition was taken with. Since women were becoming more vocal,…...

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