Events Leading to Civil War

  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    The government tried to prohibit slavery in the land from the Mexican cession.The southern states were'nt happy.The U.S. thought a compromise was neded.They asked Henry Clay,Daniel Webster,and John C.Calhoun to work on it.Henry Clay was asked to write the compromise.
  • Fugitve Slave Act

    Fugitve Slave Act
    This act allowed slaves to be taken back home to their owners.The south was pleased but the north was mad.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    This compromise allowed states to vote on slavery.California was admited as a free state.It came with a strong fugitive slave act to help campture run away slaves.It did not keep the union together and angered the North.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    This was a book that talked about the evils of slavery.The Northe thought slavery was bad.The south began to make Yankee Abolitionist propaganda.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    This act let the Kansas and Nebraska territories vote whether they wanted to be slave of free.Proslave and Anitslave people moved in these states to make them slave or free.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    This was a small civil war."Bleeding Summer"and "Bleeding Kansas" became the rally cries for a new political party.
  • The Dred Scott Decision

    The Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott decided to sue for his freedom in the north.The Judges Ruled:Slave were not citizens,therfore they could not sue.This made the Missouri Comprmise unconstitutional.The south was extremly happy, but the north was unhappy, so the started joining the Republican party.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    Lincoln-Douglas Debates
    Lincoln and Doulas were runnimg for Senator of Illinois.Lincoln believed slavery was wrong but it was protected by the contitution.Even though he lost the election,he became famous.
  • Raid on Harper's Ferry

    Raid on Harper's Ferry
    John Brown and supporters attacked the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry.Four people died.The goal was to create a revolt in Virgina to end slavery,however it didnt work.Brown became a hero in the cause of slavery.
  • The Election of 1860

    The Election of 1860
    Lincoln won.He became the 16th president of the United States.The south was unhappy so they suseded.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    Lincoln informed President Davis he was sending supples to the fort.The south attacked on April 2,1861.The Union had few suppies so they surnderd.