Causes of the Civil War Hickey

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    Causes of the Civil War

    Slavery started in 1819 is all African Americans were used as slaves and did not get treated as real people. Mostly slaves were used on plantation farms in the south. Why they did not have slaves in the south was because they had machines and did not need to use slaves and the north were free states.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The Missouri Compromise happened on September 19, 1819. Henry Clay and the congress were involved. Missouri and Maine were added into the Union. The North disagreed with this because there would be more slave states than free states. Henry Clay said Maine could join the free states.
  • Slavery

    Slavery began around 1819. The Southern slave masters were very wealthy plantation owners. The owners used slaves to help them grow and pick crops. The people of the North disagreed with slave labor and the way the Southern masters treated slaves.
  • Fugitive slave Act

    Fugitive slave Act
    The Fugive Slave Act took place around 1850. The government made a law that there would be a penalty if a person helped a runaway slave. It made it a lot harder for slaves to get to freedom. Also if the government caught the Quakers helping runaway slaves there would be a price to pay.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 was when California wanted to join the Union as a free state and that upset the Southern states. Henry Clay came up with a compromise. Clay said that New Mexico and Utah could vote in their territory and decide if they wanted to have slaves or not..
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott was a black man who wanted to sue his way back to freedom because he had lived in a free state. The Supreme Court would not look at his case. A slave was not allowed to sue because they were not considered citizens. In addition the North wanted the slaves to be free and that added to the tension between the North and the South.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    The election of 1860 happened on November 6,1860. Abe Lincoln was a Republican who became president. Abe ran against two Democrats, John Breckenridge and Steven Douglas. This election caused the Southern states to secede and form the Confederacy.
  • Secession

    The secession happened on December 24, 1860. Seven southern sates seceded from the Union after Abe Lincoln’s election. The South then spilt from the North and the war was about to begin. Also the Confederacy picked Jefferson Davis as their president.