Events Leading up to the Civil War

  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    U.S. tried to stop slavery from going to the Mexican Cession. They failed, but South is concerned
  • Compromise of !850

    Compromise of !850
    Congress had to deal with the slavery issue in the new territory from Mexico. U.S. came up with the compromise that mad ebot sides happy with how the slavery was chosen to spread.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Author Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a book about a slave. The message of the book was to end slavery. North and South had split opinions about the book's messsage/theme.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    Congress allowed Kansas and Nebraska to vote on wether they wanted slavery in their states. This act compromised the compromise of 1850 and caused more tension between the north and south
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    When Kansas was allowed to vote on wether to allow slavery or not, many people tried to move into Kansas to be able to vote. People were killed on this issue of slavery/anti-slavery
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott was a slave who went to court to get his freedom. Supreme court ruled that he was not a citizen and could not sue.
  • Lincoln-Douglass Debates

    Lincoln-Douglass Debates
    Lincoln and Doulass were running for senator of Illinois.They debated on slavery but Douglass won election. Lincoln became nationally famous.
  • Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry
    John Brown led a raid and seized the federal arsenal. It stirred up slave revolt, but didn't last long.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    Lincoln was elected President. South seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    There was a battle at Fort Sumter because of supplies being sent in. This was the first battle of the Civil War