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In the early nineteenth century the United States began to split but as mid-century came around people became more polarized in their views and the union started to separate drastically During the period of 1850 until 1861 when the Confederate States of America was formed the union was clearly divided between the North and South Although the Constitution was not the only factor leading to sectional tension in America there are many strong points in the North and South favoring the statement By the 1850s the Constitution originally framed as an instrument of national unity had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the failure of the union it had created Northerners during mid-century America believed in the preservation of the undissolvable Union When the Constitution was framed in 1787 the founding fathers were concerned about leaving Britain and becoming a Union as opposed to the issue of slavery that would later prevail Henry Clay created the Compromise of 1850 which helped solve the problem of slavery in the territories Document A This was not included in the Constitution so the government had to deal with the issue Regarding the Fugitive Slave Law a Bostonian Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson stated As soon as the Constitution ordains an immoral law it ordains disunionThe Union is at an end as soon as an immoral law is enacted Document D Yet another Bostonian William Lloyd Garrison an abolitionist reformer exclaimed The Constitution which subjects them slaves to hopeless bondage is one that we cannot swear to support Document E Northerners did not necessarily want abolition rather confinement of slavery to its current borders In events such as John Browns Raid the North solemnly respected Brown holding commemoration services in his memorial After the fugitive slave law was enacted many personal liberty laws were created in the North and colored people were notified You are hereby respectfully CAUTIONED and advised to avoid conversing
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