Ibid p The fugitive slave act proves that the southern seceded to protect slavery because it captured all and any runaway slaves and returned them. During the brief presidency of Zachary Taylor,he was approached by pro-secession ambassadors.
However, Stephen Douglas of Illinois pushed for admission of this territory as a slave holding state in order to gain favor from the southern masses.
The people of the seceded states elected Jefferson Davis as president of the newly formed Southern Confederacy. The Hartford Convention was the most serious secession threat up to that time, but its delegates took no action.
Douglas, John C. Conclusion In conclusion, the Civil War might not be as black and white as we would like to believe.