Slavery & the Events Leading up to the Civil War

  • Underground Railroad

    Underground Railroad
    The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses. The network was all over the east of the US and most of the routes ether went to canda, Florida, or Mexico. The Underground Railroad used alot of secret code words, signs, and phrases. One of the words are conductor is the name of te people who help slaves north like Harriet. Also one sign is when people left quilts outside at night it means it is save to come in and one phrases is "The river bank makes a mighty good road".
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The Missouri Compromise happened when Misssouri wanted to become a state. The South wanted it to become a slave state and the North wanted it free. Congressman James wanted Missouri to not take no more slaves and slaves there freed at the age of 25. Also Senator Pinkney wanted the state to chose for it self because the other states did. So they declared Missouri a slave state as long as Maine becomes a free state and the 36'30'line go into effect where any thing north is free and south is slave.
  • William Still

    William Still
    William Still was born October 7,1821 and died July 14,,1902. He lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later moved to Lawnside, New Jersey. He was called "the Father of the Underground Railroad".He also was the chairman for a committee organized by Philadelphia abolitionists to aid runaway slaves reachin Philadelphia.Also he was a runaway slave. He was famous for Publishing 'The Underground Railroad Records" He also interveiwed slaves he helped to freedom and he found his brother doing this.
  • Nat Turners Rebellion

    Nat Turners Rebellion
    Nat Turners rebellion took place in virgania and 60 or 70 slaves took apart in it. The slaves wanted revenge and to be free and in the rebellion about 60 white people which included the entire Travis family, plantation owners, women, and children. Nat Turner and most of the slaves were captured and tried in court. Some were released and the others were hanged. Also Thomas Grey interveiwed Turner and wrote a book that said he just wanted to cause faer to whites but they dont know if it is true.
  • Dred Scott Case

    Dred Scott Case
    Dred Scott was a slave and he went to court becase he thought he should be set free because he moved to a free state still a slave so he thought it ment he could be free. He lost though 7-2 and Judge Taney also stated that slaves are not in the eye of justice becuase they were property to the owner and that court can not give property freedom.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    This compromise happened when California wanted to become a state. Henry Clay wanted both sides to make a compromise. John C. Calhoun didn't want a compromise and just wanted it to becomen a slave state. Stephen Douglass took over Clays spot and they finally got a 5 part compromise made. One of the parts is that Califorina became a free state. Another is that the south got the fugitive slave law.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Kansas-Nebraska act was passrd and it said that people in the territories could decide wether or not it want to be a slave state or a free state. then people from the south and north rushed to them because of the act. the act also lead to bleeding Kansas. Nebraska became a free state but Kansas didn,t. The elections in Kansas all ended in not being accepted because of fraud until January 29, 1861 right before the Civil War and was elected to be a free state.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    Bleeding Kansas started after the Kansa-Nebraska act was passed.Anti-slavery group lead by John Brown went and atacked proslavery settlers. then the president Franklin Pierce sent federal troops down to disperse the anti-slavery group because he was a proslavery person.
  • presidential of 1860

    presidential of 1860
    The candidates were Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglass, John Breckingridge, and John Bell. Abraham Lincoln won the election with all of the northern states but no south states which made the south states really mad that South Carolina seceded from the Union and attacked Fort Sumter. John Breckingridge came in second, John Bell came third, and Stephen Douglass last.
  • Attack on Fort Sumter

    Attack on Fort Sumter
    On April 12, 1861 Confederates from South Carolina attacked Fort Sumter a Union fort. Union supply ships tried to get to Fort Sumter but did not go into the harbor Fort Sumter was in because of the risk of getting destroyed by the Confederates.