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Major Events Leading Up to the Civil War

  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The Missouri Compromise was signed on February 14th, 1820, because Missouri and Maine were both trying to become states and they needed a way to keep the balance of power in Congress equal between slave-holding states and free states. The Compromise stated that slavery was prohibited in the Lousiana Territory.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    After the Mexican War, the United States gained the present-day South-West states and couldn't decide whether or not to allow slavery in the newly obtained territory. The end result, after many debates about this Compromise, stated for stronger fugitive laws and prohibited Congress from having a part in interstate slave trading.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin By: Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Uncle Tom's Cabin  By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was a story written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, who was an abolitionist that helped slaves escape to the North. The many stories that she heard from the run-away slaves and other abolitionists were the basis for her book. The book was so controversial that it intensed the hatred between the North and the South.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    The event called Bleeding Kansas began in June, 1854 and didn't end until 1860. Because of the Kansas-Nebraska, Kansas could choose to be a slave state or a free state, so people from the east coast were coming to the state in order for their opinion to be heard. So, slave-holding individuals and anti-slavery people began fighting each other and in the town of Lawerence the battle began.
  • Sumner / Brooks Incident

    Sumner / Brooks Incident
    Charles Sumner a Senator from Massachusettes had lead a 2 day discussion talking about how bad slavery was and finally Preston Brooks a Senator from South Carolina came up and caned Sumner. He was tired of hearing him degrade his way of life and the region he was from. Sumner sustained many injuries and brain damage because of the beating.