Was there a breaking point in the 1850s that made further compromise over slavery impossible?
This discussion topic requires you to grapple with the many significant developments of the 1850s. From the Compromise of 1850 to the election of Abraham Lincoln, students should consider what possible opportunities the country had to avoid war, and if any of those opportunities adequately addressed the fact that nearly four million people were the property of other people.
Was there a breaking point in the 1850s that made further compromise over slavery impossible?
Could the country’s leaders have done anything in that decade differently to avoid war?