Civil War Timeline

  • 1838 BCE

    Underground Railroad organized

    Underground Railroad organized
    The Underground Railroad was found by the black abolitionist Robert Purvis in 1838.
  • 1831 BCE

    The Liberator was published

    The Liberator was published
    The first abolitionist journal, the Liberator, was written by William Lloyd Garrison. The liberator claimed that the country should complete the abolishment of all slaves throughout the country. 3/4 of the purchase was made by African Americans in 1834.
  • 1831 BCE

    Nat Turner's Rebellion

    Nat Turner's Rebellion
    Nat Turner's Rebellion was a slave rebellion which took place in Southampton County in Virginia, which was led by Nat Turner. 55 to 65 people was killed during the rebellion, which is the highest number of population lost directly caused by slave rebellion in the Southern colonies, or United States.
  • 1830 BCE

    1830 census

    1830 census
    B 18030, there's 12,754,289 people including 1,987,396 slaves, which is 16% of the population. Slaves are very rare in northern states, but has a population ratio of 54% in South Carolina and 51% in Louisiana.
  • 1827 BCE

    New York abolished slavery

    New York abolished slavery
    New York abolishes slavery. Slaves are freed but there were still other strict laws managing their lives.
  • 1821 BCE

    Missouri, a slave state

    Missouri, a slave state
    According to the Missouri Compromise, Missouri, the 24th state, entered the Union as a slave state.
  • 1820 BCE

    Maine, a free state

    Maine, a free state
    According to the Missouri Compromise, Maine, the 23rd state, entered the Union as a as a free state.
  • 1819 BCE

    Alabama, a slave state

    Alabama, a slave state
    Alabama, the 22nd state, entered the Union as a slave state. Later on, Alabama became one of the most well-known slave states.
  • 1818 BCE

    Illinois, a free state

    Illinois, a free state
    Illinois, the 21st state, entered the Union as a free state.Illinois gave African Americans and indentured slaves rights.
  • 1817 BCE

    Mississippi, a slave state

    Mississippi, a slave state
    Mississippi, the 20th state, entered the Union as a slave state. The major cash crops of cotton, indigo and rice.
  • 1816 BCE

    Indiana, a free state

    Indiana, a free state
    Indiana, the 19th state, entered the union as a free state. It gave freedom to slaves and indentured servants.
  • 1812 BCE

    Louisiana, a slave state

    Louisiana, a slave state
    Louisiana, the 18th state, entered the Union as a slave state. The major cash crop was tobacco.
  • 1807 BCE

    Congress banned importation of slaves

    Congress banned importation of slaves
    Congress passes law which banned the importation of any new slaves into the United States effective January 1, 1808. But this law was't that effective than that congress had expected.
  • 1804 BCE

    An emancipation act in New Jersey

    An emancipation act in New Jersey
    New Jersey's state legislature declares a emancipation act to set slaves free. The emancipation act is slowly in process.
  • 1803 BCE

    Ohio, a free state

    Ohio, a free state
    Ohio, the 17th state, enters the Union as a free state. It protected slaves and indentured servants. The reason why its a free state is the Northwestern Ordinance.
  • 1796 BCE

    Tennessee, a slave state

    Tennessee, a slave state
    Tennessee, the 16th state, enters the Union as a slave state. The major cash crop was tobacco.
  • 1793 BCE

    The first Fugitive Slave Act

    The first Fugitive Slave Act
    Congress passed the first Fugitive Slave Act. This act punished the run away slaves, and what's more, every person who tried to help the run away slaves would be fined $500.
  • 1783 BCE

    Massachusetts abolishes slavery

    Massachusetts abolishes slavery
    Massachusetts abolishes slavery and gives those formers slaves, also Native Americans rights to vote.
  • 1780 BCE

    Pennsylvania abolished slavery

    Pennsylvania abolished slavery
    Pennsylvania became the first state to abolish slavery. The emancipation law were slowly in processing.
  • 1780 BCE

    Enslave Africans banned in Delaware

    Enslave Africans banned in Delaware
    Delaware passed a law which banned residents from enslave imported Africans.
  • 1778 BCE

    Importation of slaves was banned in Virginia

    Importation of slaves was banned in Virginia
    Importation of slaves was outlawed in Virginia. Slavery officially ended in Virginia.
  • 1777 BCE

    Vermont abolished slavery

    Vermont abolished slavery
    Slavery was outlawed in Vermont. In addition, Vermont was not officially a state at that time.
  • 1776 BCE

    Importation of slaves was banned in Delaware

    Importation of slaves was banned in Delaware
    Delaware banned the importation of slaves. This law was slowly in process.
  • 1776 BCE

    Quaker banned from holding slaves.

    Quaker banned from holding slaves.
    Quaker, the Society of Friends, prohibited its members from buying slaves in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
  • 1739 BCE

    Insurrection in South Carolina

    Insurrection in South Carolina
    Slaves in South Carolina started insurrections. Slaves who successfully escaped to Spanish Florida would get freedom.
  • 1735 BCE

    Georgia prohibited slavery

    Georgia prohibited slavery
    The state of Georgia outlawed slavery by an English law, and what's more, the importation was also banned. This followed by a petition towards legalization of slavery to English government.
  • 1723 BCE

    Virginia abolishes manumissions.

    Virginia abolishes manumissions.
    Manumissions means to set the labours free.
  • 1715 BCE

    Slavery started in Rhode Island

    Slavery started in Rhode Island
    Rhode Island legalized slavery, since it also required labor.
  • 1708 BCE

    Black outnumbered whites

    Black outnumbered whites
    African Americans was more than white people in South Carolina.
  • 1705 BCE

    The Virginia Slave Codes

    The Virginia Slave Codes
    The Virginia Slave Codes of 1705 were a series of laws passed by Virginia's House of Burgesses controlling activities related to interactions between slaves and citizens of the crown colony of Virginia and all non- Christian servants entering the colony to be slaves.
  • 1705 BCE

    Black and white prohibited from marriage

    Black and white prohibited from marriage
    Massachusetts outlawed marriage between African Americans and white people.
  • 1703 BCE

    Blacks and Indians banned from walk at night without passes.

    Blacks and Indians banned from walk at night without passes.
    Rhode Island makes it illegal for blacks and Indians to walk at night without passes.
  • 1700 BCE

    Slavery started in Pennsylvania

    Slavery started in Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania legalized slavery. Wheat and corn were the two major crops.
  • 1694 BCE

    Rice imported

    Rice imported
    Rice cultivation is introduced into Carolina, which led to the dramatic slave population growth.
  • 1691 BCE

    First first anti-miscegenation law

    First first anti-miscegenation law
    Virginia passes the first anti-miscegenation law, forbidding marriages between whites and blacks or whites and Native Americans.
  • 1688 BCE

    Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery

    Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery
    The 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery was the first antislavery protest in North America colonies, which was led by Quakers.
  • 1684 BCE

    New York banned slaves from selling goods.

    New York banned slaves from selling goods.
    Slaves in New York were banned from selling good for their own purpose.
  • 1682 BCE

    Slaves for LIFE

    Slaves for LIFE
    Virginia past a law said that slave for once meant slave for life as an add-on to the former abolishment of the British law.
  • 1667 BCE

    Virginia Abolished the law that let slaves free

    Virginia Abolished the law that let slaves free
    There was a previous English law which allowed slaves who converted to Christian become free man. Virginia abolished this law.
  • 1664 BCE

    Slavery started in New York and New Jersey.

    Slavery started in New York and New Jersey.
    New York and New Jersey legalized slavery. Those two northern states' weren't really have a large amount of cash crops.
  • 1664 BCE

    Lifelong servitude for all black slaves

    Lifelong servitude for all black slaves
    The State of Maryland, New York, New Jersey, the Carolinas, and Virginia passed a law which claimed lifelong servitude for all black slaves.
  • 1663 BCE

    Slaves first recognized as lives

    Slaves first recognized as lives
    Slaves in Maryland were count as people, and Maryland was the first state to past a law for that, and what's more, slaves who converted to Christian could have freedom.
  • 1663 BCE

    Gloucester County Conspiracy

    Gloucester County Conspiracy
    Gloucester County, a town in Virginia, had the first documented slave rebellion in the colonies took place. Nine indentured servants marched from house to house, then marched to the mansion where the governor lived in. They requested Sir William Berkeley to release them from their indentures.
  • 1663 BCE

    Slavery started in Maryland

    Slavery started in Maryland
    Maryland legalized slavery, because it needed a large amount of labor. The major cash crops of colonial Maryland are tobacco, wheat and corn.
  • 1650 BCE

    Slavery stared in Connecticut

    Slavery stared in Connecticut
    Connecticut legalized slavery, which is the second colony that legalized slavery. The reason is that this colony was lack of labor to work.
  • 1641 BCE

    Massachusetts Bay Colony legalizes slavery

    Massachusetts Bay Colony legalizes slavery
    Slavery in Massachusetts began in 1624-1629 (cannot be dated exactly), which had become legal in 1641. Governor John Winthrop helped write the first law legalizing slavery in North America.
  • 1636 BCE

    Slave Trade began in Massachusetts

    Slave Trade began in Massachusetts
    Slave trade in colonial America began with a slave trade boat called Desire, which was built and parked in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Massachusetts latter become the centre for slave trade in the north.
  • 1626 BCE

    New Netherlands imported slaves

    New Netherlands imported slaves
    The Dutch West India Company imported 11 African male slaves into the New Netherlands.This is the first Dutch slave trade in America.
  • 1619 BCE

    Slavery began in Virginia

    Slavery began in Virginia
    20 Africans were purchased by English settlers from Dutch as indentured servants (the term slave had not yet appear) as soon as they (Africans) convert their religion to Christian.
  • 1500 BCE

    Triangular Trade Started

    Triangular Trade Started
    Triangular Trade was a trade system that traded slaves, cash crops, and manufactured goods between West Africa, Caribbean or North America colonies
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    American Civil War

    American Civil war, a war between southern slave states (Confederation) and northern non-slave holding states (Union), modifies what kind of country the United States would become. The Union won the war at end.