Events towards the Civil War

  • Wilmot Proviso

    The government tried to prohibit slavery in the land gained from Mexico, but congress did not want to pass it. This led to the Free-Soil party that tried to stop the expansion of slavery.
  • Compromise of 1850

    The Great Compomise of 1850 was made to settle some disputes between the North and the South. In favor of the North, California would enter as a free state and slave trade in Washington, D.C. The South was able to pass The Fugitive Slave Act, which did not support runaway slaves. Also territories could now decide if they were going to be free or slave. This made Northerners angry.
  • The Fugitive Slave Act

    This act allowed slaveowners to recapture their slaves.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a book to end slavery.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    An act was passed to solve the problem of slavery, and resulted , popular soverignty and voting.
  • Bleeding kansas

    There was a small civil war in Kansas. This became a rallying cry for anti-slavery Northerners And a new political party.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott sued for freedom after living with his owner, and the judges said he was property, Therfore he could not bring suit to court. The Missouri Compromise was considered un constitutional.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    Lincoln and Douglas ran for Senator of Illinois. Lincoln said slavery was wrong, but protected by the Constitution. Lincoln lost the election, but became nationally famous.
  • Raid on Harper's Ferry

    John Brown seized the federal arsenal st Harper's Ferry, and killed four people.He wanted to start a revolt in Virginia to end slavery, but it failed. He was known as a hero in the cause of slavery.
  • The Election of 1860

    Lincoln won the election, which cause southern states to secede.
  • Fort Sumter

    LIncoln notified Davis that he was sending supplies to the fort. The South shot at the Union, who was forced to surrender, because of the lack of supplies.