1850-1861

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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin contributed to the civil war because it strengthened the Northerners abolitionism and made the British feel less involved in the feelings of the South.
  • Republican Party

    The creation of the Republican Party contributed to the war because it was started by former slaves and northerners. They had different ideologies of the south and it created tensions on the rise.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    The Kansas Nebraska Act contributed to war because it reversed the Missouri Compromise and let slavery in the areas of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Bloody Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas was when the people of Kansas had a violent war between pro and anti slavery people. This created new ideas and rages in politics and anger of the people.
  • Brooks-Sumner Incident

    The incident almost killed Sumner and contributed to the ideas on the issue of the slavery issue. It is symbolic of how violence was used in the disagreements.
  • John Brown

    John Brown lead the Pottawatomie Massacre that murdered five proslavery men. This contributed to the civil war because it was the beginning of Bleeding Kansas.
  • Election of 1856

    The Democrats were scared that if the Republican party was elected then it would start a civil war. They thought this because they did not agree with the Missouri Compromise through the Kansas Nebraska Act, which let the people decide if the new state was a free or slave state with popular sovereignty. This lead to the civil war because of the debate of slavery between the Democrats and the Republicans.
  • LeCompton Constitution

    The Constitution was a very controversial document because it allowed slavery in places that most people opposed it. It also gave the option that either slavery would be allowed in Kansas or that slavery existed there but no more slaves could be brought in. It constituted to the civil war because they did not agree with the option of slavery.
  • Dred Scott

    The Dred Scott vs. Sandford helped lead to the civil war because it went against the agreement between people about the difference between slave and free states. This made the nation angry at each other.
  • House Divided Speech

    Lincolns speech was intended to address the people about the divisions of the nation. Lincoln explained that if the United States wanted to be free they needed to start now. His speech did not help prevent the Civil War as he thought.
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    Lincoln Douglas Debate

    Lincoln's argument was about how slavery must be dealt with as a moral wrong. Douglas didn't agree with Lincoln's effort to solve a controversial moral problem by using political views and thoughts.
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    Harpers Ferry

    John Brown lead a small group on a raid against a federal armory in Harpers Ferry. He raided in an attempt to start an armed revolt of enslaved people to end slavery.
  • election of 1860

    The election of Abraham Lincoln caused the Southern States to secede because they were scared of Lincoln and his policies.
  • Secession

    The secession lead to the creation of the Confederacy, which lead to the Civil War.
  • Lincolns 1st inaugural Address

    Lincoln opposed to slavery, and when he was elected it resulted in Civil War. When he was elected he did not think that any resolution would make the south seceded from the Union.