Gathering Storm

  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    Congress drew a line across the Louisiana Territory at latidude 36°30'. Maintaining the balance between slavery, the north was free of slaves, and the south of the line, slaveholding was perrmitted.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot  Proviso
    One of the biggest reasons that led to the civil war. It passed the House but failed in the Senate, because south had greater representation. Conflict over slavery in the southwest continued, until the Compromise of 1850.
  • Fugitive Slave Law

    Fugitive Slave Law
    The fugitive slave law, apart of the Compromise of 1850, declared that all runaway slaves be brought back to there masters.
  • California Statehood

    California Statehood
    California entered the union as a free state, because of the Compromise of 1850.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin published

    Uncle Tom's Cabin published
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was an anti- slavery novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The novel was written to show the harsh reality of slavery. It was also the best selling book of the 19th centery, and secound best selling book of the century. It demanded that the United States to deliver a promise of freedom and equality.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    Creating the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, had the effect of destroying the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Letting settlers in the territories to determine whether slavery was aloud by popular vote.
  • Onsted Manifesto

    Onsted Manifesto
    The Onsted Manifesto was a document written that said, the U.S. would be better purchasing Cuba from Spain. If Spain refused, war would be declared.
  • Charles Sumner is Beaten

    Charles Sumner is Beaten
    Sumner, senator of Massachusetts, was a leader of the antislavery forces. South Carolina Represenative, Preston Brooks, nearly killed Sumner. The beating occured after Sumner insulting his relative, for not being against slavery.
  • Raid on Lawerence, Kansas

    Raid on Lawerence, Kansas
    William Quantrill came to Kansas in 1859 and found a job, until his history of horse theft and murder soon catched up with him. Quantrill organized a small group of raiders, soon after the beggining of the war. The raiders soon learned from Quadtrill how to rob banks and other big targets.Leading 450 raiders, Quantrill took the town of Lawrence and left as many as 183 dead.
  • John Brown invades Pottawatomie, Kansas

    John Brown invades Pottawatomie, Kansas
    John Brown and a couple of his followers invaded land along Pottawatomie, south of Kansas City, Kansas. Also killing about five people.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred scott could not sue for his freedom because he was not a citizen. No African American, free or a slave, was an American citizeen. Also the court refused Dred Scott's argument that his stay in Wisconsin had made a free man of him. The reason was the missouri comprimise was unconstitutional.
  • Lincoln- Douglas debates

    Lincoln- Douglas debates
    A series of seven debates between Abraham Lincon and Senator Stephen Douglas. The debates main issues, all delt with slavery.
  • Harper's Ferry Raid

    Harper's Ferry Raid
    John Brown and his men attacked the U.S. Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virgina. He would get slaves and other abolitionists to begin a battle against slave owners. One of the causes of the Civil War.
  • Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States

    Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States
    Abraham Lincon was the first Republican to become president. Lincoln won forty percent of popular vote, but still defeated the three other canidates.
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    First state that ever wanted to secede. At its victory to secede, six more states soon followed.
  • Fort Sumter attack

    Fort Sumter attack
    On April 12, the Confederate's opened fire on Fort Sumter. April 13, Major Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter. The attack was the beginning of the American Civil War.