Despite the “final settlement” of the sectional crisis offered by the Compromise of 1850, the battles over slavery actually grew more intense over the next few years. Students in History 288 should be able to describe the significant resistance to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law that emerged in 1851. Why was the law so controversial? Where did resistance erupt? Much of this story requires a deeper understanding of the so-called “Underground Railroad” and how the network to free slaves actually operated. Students can read a short essay by Prof. Pinsker on this subject here and can compare his version of the resistance effort and its impact to the one emerging in chapter 3 of McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom. They should also consider the nature of filibustering in the 1850s and be able to explain, using material from chapter 3, what motivated southern filibusters and how they proceeded in their goal to extend the empire of slavery. In particular, students should be able to identify leading filibusters such as John Quitman and William Walker.
Office: Denny 218
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- Lindsey Blais on Reconstruction Era Conflicts