Civil war

Causes of the Civil War

  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    Southerners wanted to take territory from Mexico to extend slave territory. David Wilmot proposed a bill to prevent this. It was to outlaw slavery in any territory in the US that might acquire from the war with Mexico. This is a picture of David Wilmot
  • Dred Scott Case

    Dred Scott Case
    Dred Scott was an enslaved person all his life. However he had lived for a time in free territories before being taken back to Missouri. After his owner died he claimed he was a free man because he had lived in areas where slavery was illegal. Scott's case reach the Supreme Court and he couldn't sue. pictured- a picture of Dred Scott Case
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 is a series of laws intended to settle the major disagreements between the states and slave states. Pictured-David Wilmot giving his speech.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    Was a bill that was passed that heightened the political situation that was trying to be calmed by the Compromise of 1850. Accused fugitives were held without an arrest warrant, and had no right to a jury trial. It also considered slaves to be property, but it required people to recapture runaway slaves. pictured-copy of the Fugitive Slave Act Law
  • Uncle Tom's Cabbin

    Uncle Tom's Cabbin
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was a novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was written about the cruelty and immorality of slavery. It talks about the escape of a slave named Eliza and her baby across the Ohio River. pictured-Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    The Kansas-Nebraska Act was a bill passed to organise Kansas territory. It divided Kansas and Nebraska into two different parts both areas were fighting over whether they allowed slaves or not. pictured-a map that shows the popular sovereinity caused by the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Formation of Republican Party

    Formation of Republican Party
    Northern Whigs along with other rivals of slavery came together and joined the Republican Party which formed it quickly. pictured-the symbol for the Republican Party
  • Caning of Charles Sumner

    Caning of Charles Sumner
    Charles Sumner spoke against proslavery and insulted A. P. Butler, the senator of South Carolina. Preston Brooks heard about Sumner's speech and attacked him with a cane. Sumner was disabled for many years. pictured-a picture of Charles Sumner
  • Attack on Harper's Ferry

    Attack on Harper's Ferry
    John Brown and 18 other followers captured the Harpers Ferry arsanal. Brown then sent the word out to rally and arm local slaves, but no slaves joined the fight. U.S. marines attacked Brown at Harper's Ferry. pictured-a drawing of John Brown's men at Harper's Ferry
  • Electon of 1860

    Electon of 1860
    The election of 1860 turned into 2 different races; one in the north and one in the south. Lincoln and Breckinridge had the most opinions on slavery. Lincoln opposed slavery and Breckinridge tried to help it. Since the north had a larger population, Lincoln won the election. pictured-Lincoln as president and Douglass as Vice President
  • Secession

    South Carolina became the first state to secede. other states in the deep south where the economy was dependant on slavery and cotton production also considered secession. shortly after Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Lousianna, and Texas joined South Carolina. pictured-this was a meeting discussing secession
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    During the election of 1855, there were more proslavery than antislavery settlers in the Kansas Territiory, and after many residents of Missouri came and voted illegally, the Kansas Legislature consisted of many proslavery representatives. A civil war then broke out in Kansas for 3 years and it was called "Bleeding Kansas." pictured-a painting of John Brown at "Bleeding Kansas"