Sectionalism Timeline

  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    -Description: This set of four bills created by Henry Clay and Stephen Douglas was an attempt to compromise. Clay tried to push the four bills as one, but it failed, so Douglas separated the one into four and passed each one separately. There were four parts: California being admitted as a free state, popular sovereignty will be used in the rest of the Mexican Cession, the end of the slave trade in Washington D.C., and the establishment of a strict Fugitive Slave law.
    -Sig: Each of the 4 bills s
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin Published

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Published
    -Des: Uncle Tom’s Cabin written by Harriet Beecher Stowe is a novel about slavery. It discusses the slave trade, how slaves were treated, and how they struggled for freedom.
    -significance: This book brought the issue of slavery more to the forefront. It could be used to prove how badly slaves were treated.
    -causes: Stowe wrote this book to show her abolitionist opinions.
    -effects: the novel sold more than 300,000 copies in the first year of circulation. It also added controversy to the human ri
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    -Description: This act was proposed and passed by Stephen Douglas of Illinois.
    -Significance: The idea of popular sovereignty emerged and was used to determine whether the states would be slave or free.
    -Causes: Both wanted to become states, but they couldn’t decide on whether to allow slavery. Also, these states needed to become states to build the transcontinental railroad.
    -Effects: A small civil war started called bleeding Kansas, where pro-slavery groups fought abolitionists.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    -Des: John Brown and a number of abolitionists led this violent event in Kansas because of the issue of slavery.
    -Sig: This document could be used to prove that the north and south became further divided after the incident. Also, this event made the north look more evil to the south.
    -Causes: The issues concerning the Kansas-Nebraska act, more specifically whether Kansas would become a free or slave state.
    -Effects: Kansas failed to become a free state until after the civil war started and the
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    -Description: Presidential Election between Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, in the north and John Bell, a Democrat, in the south. There were two other minor candidates. As his strategy, Abe Lincoln wanted to win the northern and western states.
    -Sig: It could be used to prove that the Republicans regained control politically after a large number of Democratic Presidents. Also, Lincoln was to win over the northern and southern states using his political platform.
    -Causes: The north nominated the