Stowe Has Caused America To Bleed

How Harriet Stowe and Bleeding Kansas caused The Civil War

Harriet Beecher Stowe Beefs Up The Slavery Debate

Harriet Stowe wrote the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1852 giving slavery a whole new point of view, showing how wrong it is by telling the reader how it feels to be a slave, and the conditions they live in. This was a very controversial novel since the south saw Tom as a white man, and the north saw Tom as a black man. Both sides of the nation were angered at the other for different reasons. The north was angered that the south would allow slavery to continue, and the south was angered that the north would try to abolish slavery since it was seen as their constitutional right to own slaves.

Kansas bleeds over slave arguments

The Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed Kansas and Nebraska to vote for whether they would be a slave or free state. In theory this was a very good compromise, but in action the debates led to arguments that eventually led to blood shed and violence, causing Kansas to bleed. This violence between the abolishionists and people that were pro slavery was a large turning point in American history that created feelings of distrust and angst between the north and south. These feelings were key factors in the start of the Civil War.

What Went Wrong?

Uncle Tom's Cabin created more feelings of resentment with the north and south since no only did they interpret the novel differently, this also enlivened the abolishionists movement and caused the southerners to bet upset since slavery was seen as their constitutional right. With the underlying feelings of anger, the 'peaceful' debates over whether or not Kansas and Nebraska should be slave or free states turned violent. Bleeding Kansas was seen as a blatant insult to the north and south since both criminalized the other. These were two of the main factors that eventually caused The Civil War.