Harvard Library Book, Vol.1,. The Civil War had begun. Antislavery sentiment among some groups in the North intensified after the Compromise of 1850, when Southerners began appearing in Northern states to pursue fugitives or often to claim as slaves free African Americans who had resided there for years. A period of relative free trade followed 1846's Walker Tariff, which had been largely written by Southerners. The country's institutional structure and party system allowed slaveholders to prevail in more of the nation's territories and to garner a great deal of influence over national policy. States' Rights, the idea of states' rights was not new to the Civil War.
Ethics of holy war
Several people were killed in small skirmishes giving the confrontation the name Bleeding Kansas. They somehow knew the Bible supported them in that feeling. 32 The first two resolutions passed by votes of 182 to 9 and 132. This brought South Carolina into direct conflict with the Federal government in Washington. If Slavery were out of the way there would be no trouble from State Rights. Voter turnouts even ran as high as 84 by 1860. Citation needed Many Southern states held constitutional conventions in 1851 to consider the questions of nullification and secession. Douglas author and proponent of the KansasNebraska Act of 1854 Douglas devised the doctrine of territorial or "popular" sovereignty, which declared that the settlers in a territory had the same rights as states in the Union to establish or disestablish slavery a purely local matter.