Civil war soldiers

Road to The Civil War

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    Undergroung Railroad

    a network of people who helped slaves escape to the North and to Canada. helped by "stationmasters", "conductors" and "Stockholders". caused tension between north helping slaves and south trying to get slaves back.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    Stated that no slavery would exist in new teritories. passed the house of representitives in 1846 and 1847 but never passed the senate.
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    Mexican American War

    War between Mexico and the US. Ended with the US buying land from Mexico. Debate if new land should be a slave or non-slave state.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    Clay Presented a compromise to many of the issues dealing with land and slavery. acording to the compromise Texas would give up disputed territory in exchange for 10 million dolars, many new states would choose to have slavery or not, and Californa would be a free state. included the Fugitive slave act.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    Part of the compromise of 1850. said that any offical who did not arrest a runaway had to pay a fine of $1000. anyone who helped runnaways had to go to jail for six months and pay a fine. now no one could help excaped slaves or free slaves from going back into slavery.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Book writen by Female Abolisionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. told the hardships of slavery. and was said to cause the civil war.
  • Ostend Manifesto

    Ostend Manifesto
    communication from three US diplomats to Secretary of State advocating U.S. seizure of Cuba from Spain. favored southern opionon. causing tension between north and south.
  • Kansas- Nabraska Act

    Kansas- Nabraska Act
    created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, had the effect of repealing the Missouri Compromise. votes got to decide if they would be slave or free. caused conflict between pro- and anti- slavery parties.
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    Bleeding Kansas

    battles between pro and anti slavery parties brought on by the Kansas- Nabraska Act. in 1861 Kansas was edmited as a free state, less than 3 months before the first battle of the Civil war.
  • Caning of Charles Sumner

    Caning of Charles Sumner
    Preston Brooks entered the Senate chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness. three days earlier, Senator Charles Sumner, a Massachusetts antislavery Republican, addressed the Senate on theissue of whether Kansas should be admitted to the Union as a slave state or a free state. both men became heroes in their respective regions.
  • John Brown's Raid

    John Brown's Raid
    an attempt by white abolitionist John Brown to start an armed slave revolt by seizing a United States Arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia.