• The Nullification Crisis

    South Carolina threatens to seceed from the United States after the passage of a tariff seen as a violation of State's rights
  • Frederick Douglass and the North Star

    The North star article was used to not only abolish slavery, but to fight for the emancipation of women and other oppressed groups. Its motto was "Right is of no Sex - Truth is of no Color - God is the Father of us all, and we are all brethren."
  • The Compromise of 1850

    The Compromise of 1850 allowed California into the Union as a free state and in return,gives southerners the fugitive slave law, which makes the process of aiding runaways more difficult
  • The Kansas/Nebraska Act and popular sovereignty

    A bill was introduced to congress by Mr. Dodge, a Senator from Iowa that stated the Nebraska Territory was to be divided into two units — Kansas and Nebraska
    .Popular sovereignty was the idea that people residing in a territory applying for statehood should allow the residents to vote for or against slavery.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas was the time when the Kansas territory was the site of much violence over whether the territory would be free or slave.
  • The Dred Scott decision

    The supreme court decided that slaves that were taken to free states are still the property of their owner.
  • The election of Abraham Lincoln

    This led the South to seceed from the United States. The South did not agree with Lincoln's views on slavery. Lincoln was against slavery.
  • South Carolina secession

    States thought that the plan to abolish slavery infringed on their rights to govern themselves. They believed in states rights.
  • Formation of the Confederate States of America

    South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. South Carolina asked the other slave states to join together in forming a new nation. By February 1861 six other states from the lower south followed South Carolina. They were Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas.These seven states formed a new union called the Confederate States of America