Pre-Civil War Events

  • Missiouri Compromise

    Missiouri Compromise
    The Missouri compromise was an agreement passed in 1820 between pro slavery and anti slavery. It admitted Missouri as a slave state and Missouri as a free state This law prohibited slavery in the Louisiana Territory north of the 36° 30´ latitude line.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    The Wilmot Proviso, one of the major events leading to the American Civil War, would have banned slavery in any territory to be acquired from Mexico in the Mexican War or in the future, including the area later known as the Mexican Cession, but which some proponents construed to also include the disputed lands in south Texas and New Mexico east of the Rio Grande
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott first went to trial to sue for his freedom in 1847. Ten years later, after a decade of appeals and court reversals, his case was finally brought before the United States Supreme Court. He still remained a slave.
  • Fugitive Slave Law

    Fugitive Slave Law
    Was when if a slave ran away to the North, they had to bring them back to the south,
  • California Statehood

    California Statehood
    On September 9, 1850, California was admitted as a free state as part of the Compromise of 1850.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin Published

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Published
    Hariet Beecher Stowe's anti slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is published. She wrote it in reaction to underground fugitive slave laws. The book had a major influence on the way the American public viewed slavery.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854 created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, opening new lands for settlement.
  • Onsted Manifesto

    Onsted Manifesto
    described the rationale for the United States to purchase Cuba from Spain
  • Charles Sumner beaten

    Charles Sumner beaten
    Charles Sumner was beaten because he gave a speech against slavery.
  • John Brown Invades

    John Brown Invades
    On the night of May 24, 1856, John Brown and his company of Free State volunteers murdered five men settled along the Pottawatomie Creek in southeastern Kansas. The victims were prominently associated with the pro-slavery Law and Order Party, but were not themselves slave owners.
  • Lincoln Douglas Debates

    Lincoln Douglas Debates
    The Lincoln–Douglas Debates of 1858 were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for Senate in Illinois, and the incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas, the Democratic Party candidate.
  • Harper's Ferry Raid

    Harper's Ferry Raid
    The abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on the arsenal. During this time assisting fugitive slaves was illegal under the Fugitive Slave Act. Brown attacked and captured several buildings; he hoped to use the captured weapons to initiate a slave uprising throughout the South.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected As President

    Abraham Lincoln Elected As President
    On November 6, 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th president of the United States
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    South Carolina Secedes "The First To Act" December 20, 1860 because they wanted slavery
  • Fort Sumter Attack

    Fort Sumter Attack
    The shelling of Fort Sumter lasted less than two days and had no great tactical significance, but the symbolism was enormous on both sides.
  • Raid on Lawrence, Kansas

    Raid on Lawrence, Kansas
    The raid on Larence, Kansas was a rebel guerrilla attack during the U.S. Civil War