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What events shaped the political debates over slavery in antebellum America?  

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There were a very large number of events that shaped the political debate over slavery.  All of these events helped to push the North and the South further apart on the issue.

Many of the events were not about slavery per se but about the extent to which slavery would be able to expand out beyond where it currently existed.  This was the issue that was settled in the Missouri Compromise after the Louisiana Purchase.  It is also...

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