Causes of the Civil War

  • May 24, 1493

    Columbus Introduces Slavery to the Americas

    Columbus Introduces Slavery to the Americas
    Christopher Columbus brings slaves to the 'New World' and was the very first event that started the conflict of slavery; without it, there would be no Civil War because there would be no slaves.
  • Slavery Introduce to Jamestown

    Slavery Introduce to Jamestown
    Slavery is introduced to the first colony in America, Jamestown, Virginia. Without it, slavery would not be an issue in America, thus, no Civil War is fought.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    During the writing of the Declaratory Document, Thomas Jefferson originally wrote the slavery would not be apart of America, but was asked to leave it out due to a slight controversy; they said they would handle it later.
  • Constitution of the United States

    Constitution of the United States
    The United States Constitution, the framework of the government for the greatest country in the world, was finished on this date. Again, almost similarly to the Declaration, there was a disagreement on the topic of slavery and whether or not it should be legal in America. So, the use of slaves was again set aside and left for a later date and later people to decide, which is ironic because during the convention, many of the smartest people of the time were gathered and they still could not agree
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    After the US-Mexican War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed between the two countries and America gained a large sum of land. This area would later cause much controversy on the imbalance of Congress with new states being admitted, so more compromises were put into place, angering more citizens.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    This serialized novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe sparked major unrest in the North about slavery and propelled many to go against the 'moral issue'. Uncle Tom's Cabin depicted many realistic scenes of slavery in the South and upset many Northerners.
  • John Brown--Bloodied Kansas

    John Brown--Bloodied Kansas
    After the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, many, many, many people rushed into the new territories in the Midwest, but, these people came from both the North and South. So, it was easy to see why there was some "difference-in-opinions" when it came to slavery. This was clearly portrayed when John Brown, a pro-abolitionist, led a group of his followers into Kansas killing several pro-slavery residents of the new terrritories. Nice face, huh.
  • Charles Sumner Beaten in Court

    Charles Sumner Beaten in Court
    On this date, US senator Charles Sumner was beaten on the Congress floor due to some controversial comments he made about the conditions how slaves lived and the absolute wrongness of slavery. THIS fueled more people in the North to oppose the issue and gave southerners something to cheer about.
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    James Buchanan's Presidency

  • Dred Scott Case

    Dred Scott Case
    On this day, the highly controversial Dred Scott case was ended and the even more controversial ruling set off huge amounts of people in the North when the judge stated, "Slaves are property first, so they have no rights". Naturally, more and more people in the North were growing with their impatience of slavery.
  • John Brown--Raid of Harpers Ferry Arsenal

    John Brown--Raid of Harpers Ferry Arsenal
    A result of being fed up with slavery, the raid of Harpers Ferry Arsenal, headed by John Brown, was an attempt to steal the weapons out of this storage facility and arm slaves down South to make them attempt to revolt. Angry Southerners took action against Brown while Northerners now thought of him as a hero for his actions.
  • John Brown--Execution

    John Brown--Execution
    The execution of John Brown lead even more people of the North to oppose slavery because of Brown's "heroics" at the raid of the Harpers Ferry arsenal, and Brown became a martyr after this incident
  • Lincoln Elected As President

    Lincoln Elected As President
    Abraham Lincoln, on this date, was elected president of the United States. The interesting part was that his name was not on the ballots in the South; he won by solely his northern supporters. This led many southerners to feel like they definitely had been seperated from America.
  • Secession of South Carolina

    Secession of South Carolina
    The first state of the Union the ununify the Union, or in other words, split apart from America. South Carolina's seccession led to the other states around it to also secede and form the Confederate States of America: one side of the war.
  • First Shots Fired at Fort Sumter

    First Shots Fired at Fort Sumter
    The first shots fired of the Civil War were shot here at Fort Sumter. The beginning of the war. Kinda self explanatory.