APUSH 1844-1877 Timeline

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  • William Lloyd Garrison launches The Liberator

    A weekly anti-slavery newpaper launched in Boston, Massachusetts by abolishionist Wiilliam Lloyd Garrison.
  • American Anti-Slavery founded in Boston

    Supported immediat abolition of slavery and viewed slavery as immoral and non-Christian. Sponsored speakers who traveled across New England giving lectures.
  • Nat Turner leads a slave revolt in Virginia

    The largest slave revolt in U.S. history and led to a new wave of oppressive legislation prohibiting the movement, assembly, and education of slaves.
  • Sarah Grimke's Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women

    Sarah Grimke's Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women
    The first in-depth philosophical discussions on women's rights by an American woman.
  • Henry Highland Garnet's ¨Address to the Slaves of the United States of America

    In his radical speech, Garnet openly calls upon slaves to resist their oppressors.
  • Frederick Douglass published the North Star

    After Douglas himself escaped slavery his goals were to ¨abolish slavery in all its forms and aspects, promote the moral and intellectual improvement of the COLORED PEOPLE, and hasten the day of FREEDOM to the Three Millions of our enslaved fellow countrymen.¨ through the North Star
  • Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York

    Over 300 people attended the meetng to discuss the rights of American women, and it concluded with the signing of the Declaration of Sentiments.
  • Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery

    Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery
    Tubman flees to Philladelphia and later returns to Maryland to free other slaves.
  • Fugitive Slave Act passed

    The act required that slaves be returned to their owners, even if they were in a free state, and it also made the federal government responsible for finding, returning, and trying escaped slaves.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
    contributed to the outbreak of war by personalizing the political and economic arguments about slavery
  • Sojourner Truth's ¨Ain't I a Woman?¨ speech

    Masterful speech that debunked the beliefs that women are intillectually and physically inferior to men.
  • Republican Party Founded

    Republican Party Founded
    Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, it dominated politics nationally for most of the period from 1860 to 1932.
  • Civil War in Kansas known as ¨Bleeding Kansas¨

    War involved pro-slavery and anti-slavery militant activists. It paved the road for the American Civil War.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act passed

    Kansas-Nebraska Act passed
    This act repealed the Missouri Compromise, and reopened the national struggle over slavery in the western territories.
  • Charles Sumner beating

    Representative Preston Brooks brutally beat Senator Charles Sumner after Sumner gave an impassioned anti-slavery speech. Both became heros in their respective regions.
  • Supreme Court's Dred Scott Decision

    Affirmed the right of slave owners to take their slaves into the Western territories which incresed regional tension.
  • Lecompton Constitution rejected by Congress

    Lecompton Constitution rejected by Congress
    The constitution would have protected the right to own slaves within the region.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    Lincoln-Douglas Debates
    There were seven Lincoln-Douglas debates, in which Lincoln and Douglas squared off against each other, challenging the other's ideas about many topics such as slavery and its future in the United States
  • John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry

    Brown led a raid on the federal arsenal planning to distribute the weapons to slaves and freefom fighters across the country, but the raid failed.
  • Election of 1860

    Republican canidate Abraham Lincoln ran against Democrat Stephen Douglas, the main topic of discussion being slavery