Constitutional and Political Issues in the 1850S that Indicated Unrest for Georgia as a Member of the United States
Slavery and the interpretation of state versus federal powers in the Constitution of USA are the main constitutional and political issues in the 1850s that indicated unrest for Georgia as a member of the United States. There were many rising sectional concerns on the slavery practices in the 1850s that contributed to the intensive tension in Georgia. The primary objective of this paper is to discuss the constitutional and political issues of the 1850s that caused unrest in Georgia as a United States member.
The laws that were made by Georgia that illegalized slave trade formed the primary basis of the constitutional issues of the 1850s that caused unrest in it. The rules were mainly made by the state and it denied the United States Congress an opportunity to alter them. Georgia outlawed the slave trade and incited other countries to also embrace its laws and abolish the trade. The state introduced heavy penalties for those found guilty of aiding the trade and it became a model of compliance to the antislavery institution for other nations that were agitating for the abolition of the trade.
The main political issue that was sparked by the anti-slave trade laws that were made by Georgia was the reluctance of the state to relinquish the rights of choosing to free or hold slaves by the Popular Sovereignty process to the federal government (Carrington 573). Georgia was at loggerheads with other free states when the holders of slaves flocked the state to build allegiance. The conflict prompted the Republicans and the Democrats to engage in seven debates throughout the election campaigns to discuss slavery trade and its future in the USA (Alpers, Edward and Mathew 88).
In summary, slave trade and the interpretation of state and federal laws are the main constitutional and political issues that indicated unrest for Georgia as a United States member in 1850s. The primary contention was the laws that were passed by Georgia to abolish slave trade that were bound to weaken the US security. They were made without engaging the federal government and they were viewed to be disrupting the peace of other states.