I need help writing an essay. I am pretty well off on the body but what I need help on is the intro with historical background and a formulaic thesis.Thesis will be two part one because the essay...

I need help writing an essay. I am pretty well off on the body but what I need help on is the intro with historical background and a formulaic thesis.

Thesis will be two part one because the essay is only a four paragraph essay.

I dont care about the rest of the essay but I need help stating and writing the intro.

essay prompt: Evaluate the extent in which two of the following were successful in preserving the Union prior to the Civil War.

-comp. of 1850 -im doing this one

-Kansas-Nebraska Act -and this one

-Election of 1860

Evauluate= Assess, they are all unsuccesful but I need help determining the extent to where they were unsuccessful( i.e. events in how they worsened tension- like the kansas-nebraska act creating a  conflict that served as a precursor to the Civil War)

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You might want to state in your thesis that although both were intended to ease tensions over the slavery issue, they in fact had the opposite effect and exacerbated the issue, perhaps hastening the onset of the Civil War.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act was intended to settle the slavery issue by means of popular sovereignty; however when pro-slavery proponents moved into the area, two separate territorial governments formed. After an attack on Lawrenceville by pro-slavery forces, John Brown and his sons attacked the town of Pottawatomie Creek and hacked several men to death in front of their families. It was this act that made Brown a hero to many in the north and a villain and terrorist in the south. You might also mention how Lyman Beecher, a minister and university president, sent guns to Kansas, the famous "Beecher's Bibles." The fighting in Kansas, later known as "Bleeding Kansas," was perhaps the true first shots of the Civil War.

The Compromise of 1850, for all its good intentions, included the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 which allowed for the capture and return of escaped slaves even if that slave were in free territory. It was in response to the Fugitive Slave Act that Harriet Beecher Stowe, the daughter of Lyman Beecher, wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, an unrealistic portrayal of slavery which also inflamed passions on both sides. As an interesting anecdote, when Harriett Stowe was introduced to Abraham Lincoln, he said to her, "so you're the little lady who started this great big war."

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