The Sectionalism, Compromise, and the Road to War A Downward Spiral- The inception of the Constitution produced argument over sovereignty: were the states sovereign or was the national government supreme? Such disputes which divided the country were not solely political. For example, there existed within the boundaries of the nation two very distinct and opposing cultures. The northern society, rooted in industrialism and urban values, snubbed southern society, which appeared static in its agricultural traditions and lifestyles. Balance and order were achieved through a series of compromises. These, however, would not appease the nation for long.
Objectives: Examine the varied experiences of African-Americans held in slavery
*Analyze the successes and failures of political and cultural leadership from 1840-1860