A Nation About To Break

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In History
  • The Compromise of 1820

    The Compromise of 1820
    Many disliked the Compromise of 1820 because it brought peace for a very little time. The point of this compromise was to stop slaves from moving into the Louisiana Territory. Mainly the North did not want slaves in the Louisiana Territory.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    The Wilmot Proviso is a bill which never passed, but it was one which divided Congress among the regional lines. The bill wanted to end slavery and not allow slavery in the area gained form the Mexican War. The South did not like this bill becasue it wanted to cut down on slavery and end it in areas.
  • Free Soil Party

    Free Soil Party
    The Free Soil Party is the third political party. The point of this party was to end expansion of slavery into the western territories. This party was not around for very long but it was Anti-Slavery. The pro-slavery people did not like this party because it encouraged the ending of slavery.
  • The Compromise of 1850

    The Compromise of 1850
    Before The Compromise of 1850 was passed, five other laws were proposed. This compromise ended slavery in Washington D.C. Also during this California came into the union a free state. Also it had no laws made until the remainder of the land was gained from Mexico.
  • The Fugitive Slave Act

    The Fugitive Slave Act
    The Fugitive Slave Act allowed slave catchers to take free African-Americans from the North, and take them as slaves. This was a problem for the North because they did not want to turn slaves in, but they also could be thrown into jail if they did not report slaves. Also the federal commisioner decided if the black was a slave, and he got five dollars if he release the black as a free person and ten dollars if he turned him over to a slaveholder.
  • Kansas & Nebraska Act

    Kansas & Nebraska Act
    This was the last straw in dividing the country about slavery. It was proposed to support the building of Mid-Eastern Transcontential Railroad. The bill was going to be decided by the popular vote. Neither side liked this because people were coming in illegaly to vote on this matter which was supposed to be only in their territory.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    John Brown and his sons who were against slavery went into pro-slavery cabins and killed 5 men. After these blood sheds with many others, Kansas was nicknamed "Bleeding Kansas." Pro-Slavery people were upset about this becasue people were being killed for views on slavery.
  • James Buchanan Election

    James Buchanan Election
    James Buchanan was sucessful in 1856 of becoming president. Buchanan beat Millard Fillmore who was from the "Know Nothing Party". The North was upset with this election because Buchanan favored the South and made a few more states, slave states.
  • Dred Scott Case

    Dred Scott Case
    Dred Scott is a born & who worked for Dr. John Emerson. When Emerson died, his wife had Dred and wife, along with his children work for her. Dred tried to buy his freedom from Mrs. Emerson & she said no. Dred then went to court for freedom which he eventually won. Scott then moved to Missouri. Eventually Dred was found and was taken as a slave. Scott then went to court again for freedom, but since the case went to Supreme Court, Scott was found a slave becasue the judges were pro slavery. Anti
  • Douglas Against Lincoln 1858

    Douglas Against Lincoln 1858
    Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas were canidates for Senate in 1858. The debates were called "value debates" becasue they were about morals, human rights, and philosophy; all about slavery. Douglas was for slavery and Lincoln was not. Lincoln did not want to abolish slavery right away, but keep it from expanding. There was 7 debates in all. Douglas won the debates and Lincoln lost, however he strenghtened his position in the Republican Party.
  • Harpers Ferry Fight

    Harpers Ferry Fight
    The Harper Ferry attack was an attack led by John Brown to start a slave revolt. Brown with his 20 men in his group were defeated by U.S Marines. Brown was eventually hung for his actions. The North was angered by the hanging of Brown but yet happy because of his brave actions. The South did not like this action because a person against slavery tried to take over an area to revolt against slavery.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President

    Abraham Lincoln Elected President
    In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. His opinion on slavery was to not let it expand. Lincoln was electedahead of Stephen A. Douglas. After this election the southern states left becasue they said they had the right to leave. The north wanted to stay as one union however. The US eventually stayed together as one country.