Pre-Civil War

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In History
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    Was the debate of if the state of Missouri would join the North as a Free state or if it would join the South as a slave state. So in 1820 a Compromise was made the North got Maine (It applied for statehood) and the South got Missouri. Baned slavery up too 36 degrees ad 30 degrees, Missouri's southern border. These events led up to sectional tensions before and after.
  • Wilmot Poviso

    Wilmot Poviso
    The Wilmot Proviso was a bill that said it would prevent the expansion of slavery in the territories won in the war with Mexico. It would make slavery outlawed in any territory in the U.S. It never became a law. Southerns did not like this bill, so that prevented it from passing in theHouse of Repersentives. They said it was unconstitutional,they saw slaves as property. This led to more sectional tensions, no one could ignore the issue of slavery anymore.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 was compromise that helped keep the union as one. All of Congress was dived over the issue of the state of California if it would join the North or South. A senator from Kentucky named Henry Clay had a plan to resolve the problem.The North got: Califorinia was admitted as a free state and slave trade in D.C. was abolished.
    The South got: A stronger law that helped capture runaway slaves and promised Congess would not pass any laws. reguarding slavery in the terr. won.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    It was written and published by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It portrayed slaverycas brutal and immoral.The book was wildly popular in the North. The white Southerns hated this and belived the book was critized the South falsely critized slavery. This help start the Civil War because it split the Union about the isses of slavery even more. When Lincoln met here, he said "So your the little girl that statred this big War."
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an 1854 law that established the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and gave their residents the right to decide whether to allow slavery, and was drafted by Stephen A. Douglas. Southerners and Northerners fought over Kansas and whether to make it a free state or slave state. Few realized that Kansas would soon turn into a battleground over slavery, and the start of the Civil War.
  • Sack of Lawrence

    Sack of Lawrence
    The Sack of Lawrence was aevent that proslavery went and burn/destoyed offices of antislavery headquarters. It all started because of the Kansas-Nebraska act, they had to decide if they would have slavery or not. This is called popular sovereignty, a system that the people decide on the issue. This helped start the Civil War because it divied the country over the issue.
  • Pottawatomie Massacre

    Pottawatomie Massacre
    Because of the Sack of Lawrence, John Brown a abolitionist. He and several other men, went down to the creek and murderd. After this a Civil war in Kansas would erupt, called Bleeding Kansas. This helped start the Civil War because it divied the peple over the issue of slavery in Kansas and the country.
  • Dred Scott vs Sanford

    Dred Scott vs Sanford
    Dred Scott, born a slave. He was born between 1795-1800. He reported his master took him to a territory where slavery was illegal, as well as a state, and then came back. Then his master died unexpectly and took it to court. First he was set free, then the Supreame Court took charge and said he was a slave and not a citizen of the U.S., so he could not sue for his freedom.This helped start the Civil War because, it ment that slave owners could get away with taking their slaves into free land.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    The Election of 1860 had four main canidates for president. Abe Lincoln, John Brekinridge, John Bell, and Stephen D. Douglas were all the candidates. Lincoln and Brekinridge had the most extreame views on slavery. Douglas wanted the people to decide and Bell wanted to keep the Union togetter. Lincoln won the election, and soon some states stared to leave and stated the Civil War.
    The Civil War stared because of this because when Lincoln became president the s. states would take away slavery.
  • South Carolina seceding from the Union

    South Carolina seceding from the Union
    After the Election of 1860, the first state to secede was South Carolina. They said that Lincoln would take away slavery and their ways of life. So on this day the rebels launched a attack on the Fort,called Fort Sumter. This helped start the Civil War because it statred the war.