• Missiouri Compromise

    In 1818, Missouri sought admission to the Union as a slave holding state. Finally after two years of debating the Missiouri Compromise was agreed upon. this compromise admitted Missiouri to the Union as a slave state and admitted Maine as a free state to maintain balance in the Senate. The compromise prohibited slavery north of latitude 36 '30 in the Lousiana Purchase territory, with the exception of Missiouri, and allowed it south of that line.
  • Tariff of 1828

    Congress passed the Tariff of 1828, known as the "Tariff of Abomination." The tariff earned the nickname because it made foreign products expensive for people to buy, especially if they did not have industry in their region producing simmilar products. This was the case in the South, which mainly produced raw materials. The tariff also meant less money went to foreign countries, which then bought fewer raw materials, such as cotton from the South.
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion 1831

    Nat Turner, a slave, along with about 60 oy=ther slaves led a violent rebellion that resulted in the deaths of more than 59 Virginians. Nat and many others were executed for their part, in the revolt. Nat Turner's Rebellion struck long-term fear in the hearts of slave owners, which caused them to place a new restriction on slaves and promoted a national debate on the slavery question.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854

    This act repealed the Missiori Compromise, which said that states Norh of the Latitude 36'30 would be free states. This alloed setterlers in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide whether they would allow slavery within their borders when they applied for statehood.The Kansas -Nebraska Act split the Dmocratic party and virtually destroyed the Whig Party. The nothern Whigs joined the antislavery Democrats to form the Republican Party.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Disagreements over wether slavery should be allowed in Kansas led to violence among settlers.
  • Dred Scott Decision 1857

    Dred Scott, a slave, sued for his freedom