Abolitionist Movement

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The Abolitionist movement which was known as the antislavery movement made attempts from 1830s and 1870s in the South. The goals of this Abolitionist movement were to free slaves and end racial segregation and discrimination. The abolitionist made attempts to stop the expansion of slavery in the western areas, with this stance these issues lead to a civil war between the North and the South. These actions lead to more drastic measure like, the Underground Railroad, Dread Scott who sued for his freedom, and John Brown an abolitionist who raided Harpers Ferry and was captured.
The Underground Railroad used secret routes and safe houses in the 19th century to aid in helping black slaves run to freedom to states who did not believe in slavery or even Canada. The Underground Railroad was given help by abolitionist both black and white who did not believe in them being enslaved. The Underground Railroad help over thousands and thousands of slaves run to freedom. This act of escaping was not well received by the south, they had a law put in place by congress, that even free slaves in the north could be captured and forced back into slavery. This law that was passed was not well received by the people in the north and this lead to a civil war between the North and the South.
In 1857 Dred Scott sued for his freedom, his wife and two daughters and was unsuccessful in doing so. This case was known as the Dred Scott Decision. Dred Scott based his case on the fact that even though he was a slave, he lived with his master who’s name was Dr. John Emerson in a state where slavery was illegal, so if it was illegal in the state he was living in with his master then he should be free. The courts did not see it that way and voted 7-2 against him. Further more the court stated that Dred Scott and anyone else who was of African decent were not considered citizens of United States, so…...

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