American History 1850-1900

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  • Fugitive Slave law passed by the U.S. Congress

  • Harriet Stowe "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published in newspaper

    Harriet Stowe wrote the book to tell people how horrible slavery really was. The book inspired many people to fight against slavery.
    On June 5, 1851, Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly began to appear in serial form in the Washington National Era, an abolitionist weekly. Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery story was published in forty installments over the next ten months. For her story Mrs. Stowe was paid $300.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin published as book

    In March 1852, a Boston publisher decided to issue Uncle Tom's Cabin as a book and it became an instant best seller. Three hundred thousand copies were sold the first year, and about two million copies were sold worldwide by 1857. For a three-month period Stowe reportedly received $10,000 in royalties. Across th nation people discussed the novel and its narrative—slavery.
  • U.S. Surpreme Court issues a decision in the Dredd Scott decision

    The court affirmed the right of slave owners to take their slaves into the western territories, negating the doctrine of popular sovereignty and severely undermining the platform of the newly created Republican Party.
  • Abraham Lincoln is elected President

  • South Carolina is the 1rst State to sucede The Union

    11 southern states suceded The Union from 1860-1861 and became the Confederate States of America or the Confederacy.
  • Civil War begins

    The first battle of the Civil War was fought at Fort Sumter when Confedrate troops fired on the Union.
  • McClellan becomes general in chief of all Union armies

  • President Lincoln's son Willie dies from typhoid fever

  • Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation goes into effect

  • Red Cross was founded

  • President Lincoln gives the Gettysburg Address on Cemetary Hill

  • The Battle at Gettysburg

  • President Lincoln is aassisanated

  • President Lincoln dies

  • 13th Amemdment to the Constitution

  • 14th Amendment passed for the Constitution

  • 15th Amendment passed to the Constitution

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    American History 1850-1900