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Sectional Polarization Chronology

  • Underground Railroad

    Underground Railroad
    The Underground Railroad had been around for a long time and it was a network of secret routes and sfehouses that helped slaves escape the south and become free in the northern states or Canada.
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    Sectional Polarization Chronology

  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana purchase was a lucky buy for United States, acquiring 828,000 square miles for only $15 million from the French. The land streched from the state of Louisiana to Montana and from the Mississippi River all the way to the ends of Wyoming.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The Missouri Compromise was an agreement between anti-slavery and proslavery factions that would prohibited slavery in the Lousiana Territory north of the 36 30 north except in the boundries of Missouri.
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion

    Nat Turner's Rebellion
    Nat Turners Rebellion was a slave rebellion that happened in Southampton county. Nat Turner led rebel slaves on a massacre, they killed 65 white people. After this many southern militas went on the hunt, killing over 200 innocent blacks.
  • Fugitive slave act

    Fugitive slave act
    The Fugitive Slave Act was passed as apart of the Compromise of 1850. It stated that all escaped slaves must be returned to their masters. No one is allowed to help runaway slaves.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 was a package of five bills that was created to figure out what to do with the land aquierd after the Mexican-American War and helped avoid southern state secession and civil war for a little while. Texas surrendered its claim to New Mexico, California was admitted as a free state, New Mexico and Utah were givin the popular sovereignty option, the fugitive slave act was made stronger, and slave trade in Washington D.C was banned.
  • Uncle Toms Cabin-Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Uncle Toms Cabin-Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Uncle Toms Cabin was a Novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was an anti-slavery novel that helped lay the groundwork for the civil war and influenced many to become abolitionist.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act

    Kansas Nebraska Act
    The Kansas Nebraska act created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and gave the new territorys the option to have slavery or not. This is called popular Sovereignty. Due to popular sovereignty people fought and eventually caused bleeding Kansas.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    Bleeding Kansas was a series of violent events that occured in Kansas. The fight was between abolitionist and proslavery members. The fight was to figure out wether or not Kansas would be a slave or free state. The fighting in Kansas lasted until 1961.
  • Dred Scot decision

    Dred Scot decision
    Dred Scot was a slave that moved around a lot, he was bought by Peter Blow and sent to Missouri then John Emerson bought Scot and took him to Illinois. Even though Illinois was a free state he was still a slave and in 1836 he was relocated to Fort Snelling in the Wisconsin Territory, which was a free territory. While at Fort Snelling he got married. So now he had three legal reasons fight for his freedom,but he didnt until it was to late so Dred Scot didnt win his freedom. Abolistionist were mad
  • Lincolns House Divided Speech

    Lincolns House Divided Speech
    One of Lincolns famous speeches, after being nominated by the republican party Abraham Lincoln gave a speech about the danger of slavery.
  • Lincoln Douglas Debates

    Lincoln Douglas Debates
    The Lincoln Douglas debates were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. They were running for the Illinois state senate and Douglas would end up winning. The main topic of all the debates was slavery.
  • John browns Raid on Harpers Ferry

    John browns Raid on Harpers Ferry
    John Browns raid was a movement by white abolistionist John Brown trying to get slaves to rise up and fight for their freedom. John Brown led a small group of men to an armory full of weapons. The plan was to steal the weapons and start a slave revolution. The raid was going well in the beginning but soon John Brown found himself and his men trapped in an engine house and many of his men were killed and he was arrrested and hanged.