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California in the 1850’s By Sonya Sheets
The Fight for Slavery in California Mexican-American War reduced Mexico by more than ½, and the US by 1/3 Congressman David Wilmot declared involuntary servitude and slavery to not exist in said territory Plunged into disunion for fifteen years later It was unnecessary considering the West had inhospitable climates toward the cotton growing industry Ironically, the California senators voted proslavery in the 1850’s
Hidalgo transferred california from Mexico to the united states Workers built a sawmill near Sacramento, discovering gold in the river nearby Rumors leaked, despite the efforts to keep it secret 1848, rumors reached the East coast, plunging trhe whole country into a gold rush Treaty of Guadalupe
Banned Slavery After the goldrush went into effect, California modeled a law (by Iowa) to ban slavery on the west coast Was supported by the forty-niners because they did not want to compete with slave labor to find their gold Slave owners still brought their bondsmen to mine gold for them
“ It was to work the Gold mines on his continent that the Spaniards first brought Africans to the country.” -Senator Jefferson Davis Fear arose from the south that this 16 th   state will tip the scales against slave states in the Senate This was described as an unconstitutional violation of Southern property rights and Political equity California’s law was countered by Texas becoming a slave state
Resources The California Gold Rush and Coming Civil War  by Leonard L.Richards,Knopf,290pp.

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California 1850's

  • 1. California in the 1850’s By Sonya Sheets
  • 2. The Fight for Slavery in California Mexican-American War reduced Mexico by more than ½, and the US by 1/3 Congressman David Wilmot declared involuntary servitude and slavery to not exist in said territory Plunged into disunion for fifteen years later It was unnecessary considering the West had inhospitable climates toward the cotton growing industry Ironically, the California senators voted proslavery in the 1850’s
  • 3. Hidalgo transferred california from Mexico to the united states Workers built a sawmill near Sacramento, discovering gold in the river nearby Rumors leaked, despite the efforts to keep it secret 1848, rumors reached the East coast, plunging trhe whole country into a gold rush Treaty of Guadalupe
  • 4. Banned Slavery After the goldrush went into effect, California modeled a law (by Iowa) to ban slavery on the west coast Was supported by the forty-niners because they did not want to compete with slave labor to find their gold Slave owners still brought their bondsmen to mine gold for them
  • 5. “ It was to work the Gold mines on his continent that the Spaniards first brought Africans to the country.” -Senator Jefferson Davis Fear arose from the south that this 16 th state will tip the scales against slave states in the Senate This was described as an unconstitutional violation of Southern property rights and Political equity California’s law was countered by Texas becoming a slave state
  • 6. Resources The California Gold Rush and Coming Civil War by Leonard L.Richards,Knopf,290pp.