Civil War

  • Mexican-American War

    USA invades Mexico. Mexico gives USA the Mexican Cession.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Allows for voting on issue of slavery. Fugitive Slave Act put into place.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin written by Harriet B. Stowe

    Book emphasizes evils of slavery. North becomes increasingly abolitionist and South becomes more defensive of slavery.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Popular sovereignty will determine slavery issues in any state
  • Republican Party Formed

  • Bleeding Kansas

    Popular sovereignty causes violance. Anti-slavery and pro-slavery forces move to Kansas to vote
  • Dred Scott vs Sanford Supreme Court case

    Supreme Court rules that Missouri Compromise is unconstitutional, Congress has no power to regulate slavery. Slaves not considered as citizens
  • Harper's Ferry

    Radical abolitionist John Brown attacks Federal armory in attempt to start slave revolt. Arrested and hanged. New strict slave codes are put into place.