DeBow's ReviewThe DeBow's Review was a highly consumed magazine in the south that covered "agricultural, commercial, and industrial progress" The magazine ran from 1846 until 1884. The DeBow's Review eventually evolved to become a writing form advocating for the South's succession, by warning against trusting the North. The DeBow's Review was a leading cause for the South's Succession due to the propaganda regime they ran against the North. (University of Michigan Library)
Wilmot Proviso (1846)The Wilmot Proviso was an unsuccessful proposal to ban slavery in new territories acquired from Mexico, during the Mexican-American War. The Wilmont Proviso was a significant event leading into the American Civil War. The Wilmot Proviso provides valuable insight towards the abolitionist movement in the North and opened debates about slavery
(Martin Klammer via Walt Witman Archieve)
Compromise of 1850The Compromise of 1850 was multiple measure passed by the United States Congress in order to try and settle territorial disagreements over slavery. The compromise admitted the new states and territories of the U.S. to be free or slave states. (Prof. Thomson via PowerPoint) The Compromise of 1850 included the following:
1)California was declared to the Union as a free state
2)Two new territories (New Mexico and Utah) without slavery
Uncle Tom's CabinUncle Tom's Cabin is a book that was published on April 1, 1852. This book had a very significant part in the Civil War as it depicted the horrors and brutality of slavery. Many Northerners' eyes were opened, though the Southerners' felt that the book was slanderous towards their way of life.
The book was the 2nd best-selling book in America during the 19th Century. The popularity of the book brought the issues of slavery to light for many
Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854The Kansas-Nebraska Act was a territorial act that created Kansas and Nebraska, as well as promoted popular sovereignty. This act is also known for producing one of the most violent uprisings in Civil War history, known as Bleeding Kansas.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was (the most important single event pushing the nation towards civil war"(McPherson, Page 121)
Caning of Charles SumnerThe Caning of Charles Sumner was an attack on Abolitionist Republican Senator Charles Sumner.
Representative Preston Brooks, who was a pro-slavery representative from South Carolina used a walking cane to attack Senator Charles Sumner.
The beating had just about killed Sumner but hugely contributed to the country's disdain for slavery.
Dred Scott v. SandfordDred Scott v. Standford was a landmark case in the United States Supreme Court. The case was about whether or not Black Americans were able to have citizenship. The decision that was made upheld that slavery in United States Territories was legal, due to the fact that the court denied the legality of black citizenship. This in turn had made the Missouri Compromise, unconstitutional
(Varon, Page 305-336)
Lincoln-Douglass DebatesThe Lincoln-Douglass debates were a sequence of debates between Republican Nominee Abraham Lincoln and Democratic Nominee Senator Stephen Douglass. \
These debates propelled Lincoln's Political career into the views of the nation, while at the same time ending Douglas's career. These debates foreshadowed the election of 1860 by raising Lincoln's reputation.
John Brown's RaidJohn Brown's Raid was an effort made by Abolitionist John Brown to initiate a slave revolt in the Southern States. He attempted this by taking over the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia. Historians have called Brown's Raid a "dress rehearsal for the Civil War"
Although Brown's Raid failed, it raised territorial tensions for the 1860 Presidential Election.
Cooper Union AddressThe Cooper Union Address was a speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln against the spread of slavery. The speech was significant towards the spark of the Civil War because at the time Lincoln was not the presidential candidate, but the deliverance of the Cooper Union Address propelled Lincoln to be picked as the Republican Presidential Candidate. The speech also struck worry into many southerners who feared their way of life could be at stake if Lincoln were to gain office.(housedived.dickinson.edu)