Pre-Civil War Events

  • Missouri Comprimise

    Missouri Comprimise
    Missouri joined the union in 1819 wich created a debate. But by joining the union Missouri evened up the number of states at 11 for the north and south. This act was a way for the government to keep both sides happy for a little while.
  • Wilmont Proviso

    Wilmont Proviso
    An act that sayed slavery will be baned any where near mexico. This helped things with mexico and America after the Mexicn-American War. Also made south unhappy.
  • Comprimise of 1850

    Comprimise of 1850
    A bill setup to have both sides comprimise and make peace over slavery. However, it didn't work. This made the job of the government a lot harder.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    An act that sayed if a slave escaped all citizens had to help catch the slave. This made North unhappy and they north started helping slaves escape.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    A book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe which stunned people about slavery. This book pursuaded the North in wanting to abolish slavery by making them feel bad for the slaves.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act

    Kansas Nebraska Act
    An act that says every state could choose slavery or not based off popular soverienty. Many people feel like this undid the Missouri comprimise.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    People who were for slavery and people who weren't all moved to Kansas to make an impact on the voting. There was a lot violence but Kanas became a free state. This was the first real violent act.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    A case where Dred Scott followed his owner into a free state and was argued whether his owner should be guilty or not. Dred Scott lost because slaves couldn't sue. Dred Scott was free later on in his life.
    Made southerners happy.
  • John Brown's Raid

    John Brown's Raid
    John Brown had a plan to help fugitive slaves. He did this by fighting. However, many slaves didn't help him fight. This gave the North something to fight for.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    Lincoln-Douglas Debates
    Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place for a spot in the senate. Slavery was the main topic and no one really won. This was the south's introduction to Lincoln.
  • Lincoln's Election

    Lincoln's Election
    Lincoln was elected even though his name wasn't even on some southern ballots. This act pushed the south towards seceding because Lincoln would defenitly abolish slavery.
  • The South Secedes

    The South Secedes
    It started when the North Carolina seceded. This upset the Union. This was the start of the civil war.