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Events Leading to the Civil War

  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    An attempt from the government to prohibit slavery in areas that we recieved from Mexico.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    After the Wilmot Proviso, conflict sparks between northern and southern delegates. Henry Clay decides to make the Compromise of 1850, believing it would settle the disputes. The bill said California was admitted in as a free state and Texas as a slave state. New states that will be admitted will have the chance to decide whether they would become a slave or free state. The Fugitive Slave Act was all passed.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book was about slaves and their hardships working in the South. The book was meant to support the end of slavery.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    This was passed to solve the problem of slavery in Western territories. It overturned the Missouri Compromise of the 36x30 slave line. It support popular sovereignty in the states, and everyone rushed into Kansas to cast their votes.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    When people with different view points rushed into Kansas, there was a tiny civil war that sparked among the people. Many people died.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott was a loyal slave who sued for his freedom when his master died. This court case went all the way to the supreme court justices. It was ruled that since Dred Scott was considered property, he had not right to sue. Tensions between the North and the South rise as their opinions begin to differ more.
  • Licoln-Douglass Debates

    Licoln-Douglass Debates
    Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglass were competing to become a Senator of Illinois. Lincoln said slavery was wrong, despite it was legally protected by the Constitution. Douglass won the campain, even though Lincoln became nationally famous.
  • Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry
    John Brown and his followers took rebellious action against slavery in Virginia 1859. He wanted to stir up a revolt, starting in Virginia and end slavery. It didnt wok and he became a martyr. He was caught, tried in court, and was killed.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    Licoln won the election as a representative of the Republican Party. Licoln promised to end slavery, causing the South to secede. They said that if the South voluntarily joined the union, they can voluntarily leave as well.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    This was the battle that set off the Civil War.