A Nation Divided by: Shelby Linden

  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    United States federal legislation that stopped northern attempts to forever prohibit slavery's expansion by admitting Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state.
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion

    Nat Turner's Rebellion
    A rebellion of enslaved Virginians that took place in Southampton County, Virginia, in August 1831, led by Nat Turner.
  • Gag Rule

    A series of rules that forbade the raising, consideration, or discussion of slavery in the U.S.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    designed to eliminate slavery within the land acquired as a result of the Mexican War 1846-1848
  • Harriet Tubman escapes slavery

    An escaped enslaved woman who became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, leading enslaved people to freedom.
  • Compromise of 1850

    The Fugitive Slave Act was amended and the slave trade in Washington D.C. was abolished.
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin published

    An anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act

    Repealed the Missouri Compromise, created two new territories, and allowed for popular sovereignty.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Legal case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a slave who had resided in a free state.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    Lincoln-Douglas Debates
    Series of seven debates between the Democratic senator Stephen A. Douglas and Republican challenger Abraham Lincoln.
  • John Brown raids Harpers Ferry

    An effort by abolitionist John Brown, from October 16 to 18, 1859, to initiate a slave revolt.
  • Abraham Lincoln elected

    Abraham Lincoln elected
    The 1860 United States presidential election was the 19th quadrennial presidential election.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    outbreaks of violent guerrilla warfare between pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces following the creation of the new territory of Kansas in 1854.