The conflict between the Southern and Northern states did not start suddenly with the attack on Fort Sumter. From at least the beginning of the 19th century, the North and South were divided over the issues of slavery. This PDF explores the base issues that caused the American Civil War.
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This PDF explores the purpose of the Northwest Ordinance, also known as the Freedom Ordinance. Enacted in 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation of the United States, the Northwest Ordinance was a way of accounting for those who wanted to settle in the Northwest Territory that would soon become Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
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In the years leading up to and including the Civil War, not all African-Americans were enslaved. This PDF explores the lives of Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delaney, and Benjamin Banneker.
On May 14, 1787, fifty-five delegates from the newly formed United States gathered in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation, and ended up restructuring the government by drafting a new Constitution. In doing so, the architects of the Constitution neither acknowledged or abolished slavery. Little did they know that by sacrificing black slaves in their efforts to create “a more perfect union”, in 1787, the delegates sowed the seeds of the disunion in 1861.