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What incidents and events played a primary role in the increasing southern fears concerning growing northern hostility toward the southern way of life?  

Incidents and events that played a primary role in increasing southern fears concerning growing northern hostility to their way of life included the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin, the vote in favor of bringing Kansas into the union as a free state, John Brown's anti-slavery Harper Ferry raid, and the election of Abraham Lincoln.

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One important event that became a catalyst for the anti-slavery movement was the 1852 publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin . It galvanized many in the North to demand the immediate liberation of all slaves. The immense popularity of this book, a runaway best seller, increased white southern fears that their way of life was under threat. The South increasingly moved away from a moderate stance in which they accepted that slavery would fade away over time and began to...

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