History Discussion Chapter 12

After reading and reviewing Chapter 12 and watching the video(s), looking at the power point, and reading the helpful notes, answer the following discussion questions. Make sure to include relevant points to your answer and make sure that your information is correctly cited. You must post before you can see the posts of others. Please answer both prompts. 500 word minium for assignment.

Youtube video: Slavery – Crash Course US History #13

Please discuss the Underground Railroad.  What was it, how did it work, what were the pitfalls, what were the allegations against it, were charges of corruption associated with the railroad legitimate, or not, and in the end was it successful? Why or why not?  It is also important to name at least five important people (and their titled responsibilities) associated with the railroad, what were their job titles and their functions?  
Let us take a moment and reflect upon the political issues and machinations that created sectionalism beginning with the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and trace the political issues to the Compromise of 1850 and to specific events during the 1850s that contributed to the beginning of hostilities in 1861.