Civil War Causes

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  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The Missouri Compromise was a line to balance power between slave and free states. Red represents slave states and blue represents free states.
  • Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

    Nat Turner Slave Rebellion
    Nat Turner's slave rebellion was a slave revolt, lead by Nat Turner. Approximately 200 slaves joined the rebellion and killed over 60 whites.
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    War with Mexico

    The War with Mexico marked the first armed U.S. conflict fought on foreign soil.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    Designed in hopes to eliminate slavery from any territory gained from New Mexico.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Five laws were passed involving slavery and territorial expansion (west). At this time, California was entered as a free state.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    An act that allowed slave owners to retrieve their runaway slaves once again. This occurred even if the slaves were rightfully freed.
  • Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, this book became very popular at this time, especially in women.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    This act was a bill that allowed popular sovereignty to decide if the state wanted to become slave or free.
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    Bleeding Kansas

    This term is used to describe the blood and gore that happened when settling in Kansas territory.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott was a former slave who was forced by his master to move to a free state with him. However, because of the Fugitive Slave Law, he was arrested to go back and work.
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    John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry

    John Brown was an abolitionist while also a terrorist. He killed many slavery supporters while raiding Harper's Ferry. The North saw him as an icon, while the South saw him as a terrorist.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President

    Abraham Lincoln Elected President
    The South did not like Abraham Lincoln at all because he was an abolitionist. He was hated very much in the South, but the North really liked him.
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    South Carolina is the first state to secede from the Union. This is because the Union wanted to keep slavery where it was and SC did not like that.
  • Formation of the Confederate States of America

    Formation of the Confederate States of America
    When Lincoln was elected president, the South was not very happy with it. Because of the dislike of Lincoln, South Carolina took charge and seceded from the Union. Six more Southern states followed behind, forming the Confederate States of America.
  • Battle of Fort Sumter

    Battle of Fort Sumter
    Located in the first state to secede from the Union, South Carolina. The Union was in Fort Sumter, the Confederacy knew and took charge. The Confederacy attacked the fort and started the American Civil War.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union General George McClellan battle for invasion of the north.
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    Siege of Vicksburg

    A big Union Victory against Confederacy, granting General Ulysses S. Grant a recognizable name.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    Occurred July 1-3, one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. Confederacy attempts to defeat the Union, but fails and results in many casualties.
  • Battle of Appomattox Courthouse

    Battle of Appomattox Courthouse
    A battle leading to Robert E. Lee's surrender against the Union. Soon bringing the Civil War to an end.