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Causes of the civil war

  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    The Wilmot Proviso was a bill that said it outlawed slavery in any territory the United States might acuiqre from the War With Mexico. It never actually became a law. Many Northerners suspected that southerners wanted to take territory from Mexico in order to extend slavery. The southerners didn't want to be told where they could not put slaves. Caption: This document contained letters from the states against the Wilmot Proviso.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 was a compromise between North and the South on how to deal with slavery gained from the Mexican war, North wanted california to be a free state. The south wanted to cut california in half, and make half of it a free state, and half a slave state. To make the north happy, the deal was that California would be admitted as a free state. To make the south happy, there would be no laws regarding slavery for the rest of the land gained. Caption: A map of the north and South.
  • Fugitive slave act

    Fugitive slave act
    The Fugitive slave act was a bill that said that Anybody who saw an escaped slave even in the north, had to capture him\her again and send them back to their owner. The north didn't like this bill because they thought there should be no slaves, and didn't want to capture them again. The south liked it because they liked slaves.
    Caption: A piece of paper that tells slaves that slave catchers are after them, and not to converse with any slave catcher or people who want to catch them.
  • Uncle Tom's cabin.

    Uncle Tom's cabin.
    Uncle Tom's cabin was novel that presented the cruelty and immortality of slavery. It describes the escape of a slave named Eliza and her baby across the Ohio River. The north liked this book. The Southers didn't because they said it presented a false picture of the south and slavery.
    Caption: Uncle Tom's cabin, Boston Edition.
  • Formation of Republican Party

    Formation of Republican Party
    The Republican Party was a rival party of the Democratic Party formed by northern Whigs. The Republican party was both a antislavery party and a sectional party that sought to protect the intrests of the north. The south were alarmed that this party because it was against slavery. Most of the people that joined this group were northerners, so the liked this group.
    Caption: The logo of the republican party.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Kansas-Nebraska Act was a bill that proposed to divide the territory in two two parts, Nebraska And Kansas. The southerners liked the bill because people would be able to vote for slavery in territories banned by the Missouri Compromise. The North didn't like the bill because the north hated slavery.
    Caption: Map of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
  • Caning of Charles Summer

    Caning of Charles Summer
    The caning of Charles Sumner was when Senator Charles Summer made a speech about the proslavery forces that insulted another senator named A.P.Butler. Then Brooks, a relative of Butler, attacked Charles in his office that disabled him for years. The South cheered for Brooks, and the North was shocked about the violence in the senate.
    Caption: Preston Brooks, Known for severly beating Charles summer after insulting Brooks relative, A.P Butler.
  • Bleeding Kansas.

    Bleeding Kansas.
    Bleeding Kansas was was the name given to the violence that occurred in the Kansas territory between 1854-58 when anti- and pro-slavery forces fought for whether Kansas would be a free state, or a slave state. The south were fighting because the wanted Kansas to be a slave state. The North was fighting because the wanted kansas to be a free state.
    Caption: The picture shows some of the violence going on for to see if Kansas would be a free or slave state.
  • Dred Scott Case

    Dred Scott Case
    Dred Scott had been an enslaved person in Missouri for a long time. He had lived in free territory for many years. Once Scott's owner died, he thought he should become a free man. Scott and his family sued for their freedom, and it reached the supreme court. The court ruled against him because he wasn't a U.S. Citizen, so he could not sue in U.S. Courts. The north thought it was unfair, because he lived in free territoy for a long time and the south thought it was fair.
    Caption: Dred Scott.
  • Attack on Harper’s Ferry

    Attack on Harper’s Ferry
    John Browns attack on Harper's ferry was when John brown wanted to provoke a slave uprising. To do this, he decided to capture the weapons at the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virgina. U.S. Marines attacked Brown and his crew. Few escaped, but him and six other were captured, and ten were killed. Brown was tried for murder and treason, and was hung. The south were horrified and were angry with his actions, and the north rang bells and shot guns on his hanging day. Caption: John Brown.
  • Election Of 1860

    Election Of 1860
    The four candidates in the election of 1860 were Abraham Lincoln, John Bell, Stephen A. Douglas, and John Breckinridge. In the end, it was against John Breckinridge and Abraham Lincoln for the most electoral votes. Alot of southerners were predicting that Lincoln would win, and if he did, the south would seperate from the North.Lincoln won the election with 180 electoral votes, and Breckinridge had 80. THe north were happy Lincoln won, and the south weren't. Caption: Lincoln Political Cartoon.
  • Secession

    The southern states warned Lincoln that if he won the presidency, they would secede froml the union. The southenerns based there arguments on states rights. Since Lincoln won, south carolina was the first to secede from the union. Shortly after south carolina left, alot of states followed it. Northerners considered the secession of the Southern States to be unconstitutional.
    Caption: A map of the states that wanted to secede from the union, and who didn't.