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In the Gettysburg address Lincoln quotes the declaration of independence in saying that the United States government was a creation by and for the people who inhabited these shores In the context of the civil war this is important because the collapse of the union signified the end of popular sovereignty even though that particular expression had just been coined In Russel B Nyes essay the Great Slave Power Conspiracy the argument he provides is both persuasive in his scope and understanding of the times As slavery was arguably the biggest issue at stake I find his argument persuasive because the war could not be cause by the institution itself that argument is too narrow of scope He recognizes that while the institution was reprehensible more was needed to coerce war the war was caused by the collapse of democracy due to a geographically polarized political system related directly to the economy of the times or slave power The first president of the nation George Washington warned ominously about a nation split politically along geographical lines It would be hard to imagine that even he could even believe just how poignant this statement would become The slave power conspiracy was introduced by northern abolitionists as a propaganda scheme to unite the populations opinion in a similar manner to that in which the southern press had used the fear of black republicanism to unite the south in their opinions By 1845 although the north had made considerable strides in public opinion in being repulsed both morally and socially by the institution the abolitionists saw they need more chutzpah in their actions to prevent the spread of this reprehensible institution So began their quest to educate the north about slave power The first paragraph of his essay readsit was not until after 1845 that the abolitionists discovered andDeveloped an effective device to unite under one common heading alltheir arguments Putting together all the evidence
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