What was the relationship between slavery and sectional feeling and what was the relationship between slavery and other issues in the 1850s?
First of all their was not a relationship.... it was an institution. The feeling about this institution was both mixed and accepted. It probably was accepted because the Christian world did not speak out openly against it. And during this period of our American history, it was not clearly understood about the negative aspects, that was to come out of slavery.
Slavery and the issues that it brought up were huge....... When something is institutionalized, it becomes a part of you. And slavery became a large part of the American foundation from the South to the North.
Sectional division over slavery was part of what led to the Civil War. Both 'sections' of the country, the North and South, were vehement with their opinions about slavery. This led to both parts of the country feeling separated and only worrying about the desires of their 'section' and not thinking like a country as a whole.