Sectional Crisis of 1850s

Sectional Crisis of 1850s

FRQ question for 11/26:

 

"By the 1850s, the Constitution, originally framed as an instrument of national unity, had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimatly contributed to the failure of the union it had created.

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Using your knowledge of the time period of 1844 - 1860, assess the validity of this statement.