Events leading up to the Civil War

  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    Established balance of power between slave states and free states.
  • Tariff of Abominations

    Tariff of Abominations
    Raised tariffs, upset Southerners
  • Nullification Crisis

    Nullification Crisis
    South Carolina tried to nullify federal tariffs. 1832-1833
  • Gag Rule Controversy

    Prohibited slavery petitions in House of Representatives. 1836-1844
  • Annexation of Texas

    Added slave state Texas to the Union.
  • Mexican Cession

    Added Western territories from Mexican War
  • The Compromise of 1850

    The Compromise of 1850
    New Fugitive Slave Act but California admitted as free state
  • Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Influential anti-slavery novel
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)

    Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)
    Popular sovereignty for slavery in the territories
  • Caning of Charles Sumner

    Caning of Charles Sumner
    Preston Brooks beat Sumner over slavery speech
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    Lincoln-Douglas Debates
    Debated expanding slavery in the West
  • John Brown's Raid

    John Brown's Raid
    Abolitionist tried to start slave revolt at Harper's Ferry
  • Election of Lincoln

    Election of Lincoln
    The election of an anti-slavery Republican