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Events Leading up to the Civil War Timeline

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    Events Leading up to the Civil War

  • Invention of the Cotton Gin

    Invention of the Cotton Gin
    The invention of the cotton gin made slavery explode in the south. The cotton gin could clean out fifty times more pounds of cotton than a slave could in a day. Slave owners wanted more slaves to grow and harvest more cotton. Cotton became the dominate crop, and cotton growers wanted to move South, and take slaves with them.
  • Missouri Compromise

  • Compromise of 1850

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    This novel was a worldwide bestseller that exposed the evils of slavery to the rest of the world. People in Europe were against slavery and made them realize that all of the cotton they were buying was a product of slave labor.
  • Kansas- Nebraska Act

  • Dred Scott Supreme Court Case

  • Lincoln- Douglas Debates

    Lincoln- Douglas Debates
    Lincoln and Douglas were both running for the U.S. senate. They held debates that took place in Illinois. Lincoln did very well in the debates. Even though Douglas won for senate, Lincoln made himself the leader of the Republican Party, and that helped him win the Presidency.
  • Secession of South Carolina

  • John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry

    John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry
    John Brown was a person that wanted slavery to end. In the north, he was viewed as a hero/ martyr, but to the south, he was viewed as a terrorist. This raid made the south realize that the anti- slavery movement was getting stronger. The division between the north and the south was almost complete.
  • Election of Lincoln

  • Attack on Fort Sumter

    Attack on Fort Sumter
    This was the first shots of the Civil War. The shots were fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina.