Civil war soldiers

The Crucial Decade

  • California Gold Rush Begins

    Due to the Gold Rush, there was an influx in population in the territory of California the population went from 1,000 people to 50,000 people in only a year.
  • California Applies for Statehood as a freestate

  • The Compromise of 1850 is passed

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is published

  • Kansas-Nebraska Act is passed

  • "Bleeding Kansas" begins

  • Pottowatamie Massacre takes Place

  • James Buchanan is Elected as President

  • Dred Scott vs. Sanford

  • Lincoln vs. Douglas Debates Begin

  • Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech

  • Abraham Lincoln Elected as President

  • South Carolina Secedes from the Union

  • South Carolina Troops fire on an the "Star of the West" (an unarmed merchant ship)