The states of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois were initially settled from across the Ohio River. Many of their early settlers had sympathy for southern slavery. Settlers flooded into these new states traveling west on the Erie Canal. They came from New England and Europe where opinions on slavery were negative. Slowly, elected officials in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois became abolitionist. Southerners lost control of the US Senate. The Erie Canal was a catalyst leading to the outbreak of the Civil War.
This lecture will be given by John Gleed who is affiliated with both the San Mateo County Genealogical Society and the Menlo Park Family History Cener.
This program is sponsored by the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society.