Important Events: The Road to the Civil War

  • John Locke

    Locke became a confidential secretary and personal physician to Anthony Ashley Cooper.
  • Bacon's Rebellion

    The House of Burgesses was passed as the first official codes to establish perpetual slavery for blacks.
  • New York Slave Rebellion

    Enslaved Africans making communication easy. They worked among free blacks.
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    American Revolution 1775-1783

    Revolutionary War in the United States, began as a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the United States of America, but gradually grew into a world war between Britain on one side and the United States, France, Netherlands and Spain on the other. The main result was an American victory, with mixed results for the other powers.
  • George Washington Lifts ban on African Americans in the continental Army

    British Army attached to a regiment under General Gage at Fort Independence, Massachusetts, initiates 15 blacks
  • Declaration of Independence

    Jefferson drafted the statement between June 11 and 28, submitted drafts to Adams and Franklin who then made some changes.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    The primary effect of the ordinance was the creation of the Northwest Territory as the first organized territory of the United States out of the region south of the Great Lakes, north and west of the Ohio River, and east of the Mississippi River.
  • Three Fifths Compromise

    The 3/5 compromise was a compromise between Southern and Northern states reached during the Philadelphia convention
  • Constitution Passed

    The first three Articles of the Constitution establish the rules and separate powers of the three branches of the federal government: a legislature, the bicameral Congress; an executive branch led by the President; and a federal judiciary headed by the Supreme Court.
  • Haitian Slave Revolution Starts

    Revolution : 10/21st, 1791
    10 days: slaves captured the north
    Pillaged, raped, tortured and mutilated white owners
    Within weeks 100,000+ slaves revolting
    Killed 4,000 whites : 180 sugar plantations
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Slaves owners could legally
    Retrieve slaves that escaped
    Take runaways from other states
    Housing runaways from other states
    Housing runaways crime $500 fine
    Runaways: fugitive for life
    Children of runaways mothers: fugitives
  • Eli Whitney Invents the Cotton Gin

    He was the inventor of the cotton gin and a pioneer in the mass production of cotton.
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    Slave Trade Act

    a law passed by the United States Congress that limited American involvement in the trade of human cargo. This was the first of several acts of Congress that eventually stopped the importation of slaves to the United States.
  • Gabriel’s Conspiracy

    A tremendous storm dropped heavy rain on central Virginia, swelling creeks and turning Richmond's dirt streets into quagmires.
  • Haitian Slave Ends

    Ethnic cleansing: killed all the whites
    Took place throughout the country
    Between February and April 1804
    3,000-5,000 whites were killed
  • Slavery Officially Outlawed

    United States federal law that stated that no new slaves were permitted to be imported into the United States. It took effect in 1808, the earliest date permitted by the United States Constitution.
  • Louisiana Slave Rebellion

    Slave rebellions have occurred in nearly all societies that practice slavery, and are amongst the most feared events for slaveholders.
  • Missouri Compromise

    • Slaves states or not slaves states • Argument: congress couldn't agree • Southern states arguing with Northern states • Established slavery in some new territories • Made some territories non-slaves territories
  • Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

    rebel slaves killed anywhere from 55–65 white people, the highest number of fatalities caused by any slave uprising in the South. The rebellion was put down within a few days, but Turner survived in hiding for over two months afterward.
  • La Amistad

    was a United States Supreme Court case resulting from the rebellion of Africans on board the Spanish schooner La Amistad in 1839. It was an unusual "freedom suit" which involved international issues and parties, as well as United States law.