|I agree with almost everything you said. But I think the North viewed slavery as growing in its influence. The western territories fed into Northern fears of that influence. When it was down south they had a well...its their business. Then the Fugitive Slave Act...Court decisions favoring the slave owners gave rise to the Republican Party. By 1861 the North was fed up with Southern threats to leave....they viewed it as a cry wolf thing by that time. The North was required to give assistance to slave owners tracking down fugitive slaves in Northern territory. The Supreme Court had a southern majority. The South held powerful congressional positions. There was a lot of frustration in the North over the power of the slave owners and the South. But neither side had any idea of the brutality the coming war would produce. They both badly underestimated the other sides will to win.
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