Civil war

Growing Sectionalism

  • Daniel Webster's Speech

    Daniel Webster's Speech
    Description: Webster gave a speech for Calhoune that urged the reduction of sectional tension
    Significance: It shows how compromise would be ideal in the great nation
    Cause: Growing tensions between the north and south; threatened secession
    Effect: final attempts at compromise before the south decided to seceed anyway
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    Description: Fights break out in Kansas for either free or slave control of the state
    Significance: It shows how far people are willing to go to protect/abolish slavery
    Cause: Kansas-Nebraska Act establishing popular sovereignty in the territory
    Effect: Many deaths, mini-civil war
  • John Brown's Execution

    John Brown's Execution
    Description: John Brown, an active abolitionist who led a raid on Harper's Ferry, is hanged
    Significance: He's martyrized in North, South begins to believe all Northerners are abolitionists
    Cause: John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry
    Effect: Ideas of southern secession begin to spread.
  • Lincoln is President

    Lincoln is President
    Description: Lincoln is voted President by electorial majority after a four candidate election
    Significance: Lincoln won by an electorial majority, but not popular majority, many southerners are upset
    Cause: Campaigned to the north only and expanded platform to have multi-planks
    Effect: Adds fuel to the fire of south v. north tension
  • South Carolina seceeds

    South Carolina seceeds
    Description: The south seceeded from the Union
    Significance: Can be used to prove the split between North and South and the inability to compromise
    Cause: Compact theory, they wanted to preserve the institution of slavery
    Effect: Six more states follow and seceed, Civil War