The Nation Breaking Apart Timeline

  • Wilmont Proviso

    This bill aimed to outlaw slavery in territories taken from Mexico. The bill passed in the House of Representatives but was defeated in the Senate thus cauising a division in Congress. Although, not a success it led to the formation of the Free Soil Party.
  • Compromise of 1850

    This compromise was to admit California as a free state. To please the North, slavery is abolished in Washington D.C. TO please the South, slavery can spread in the land gained from Mexico.
  • Kansas Nebraska Act

    This Act divided the Stephan Territory into Kansas and Nebraska. It opened their area to slavery. Both states had to vote to make their state a slave state or free state. Proslavery people from other states voted illegaly and caused problems between the North and the South.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas was a result of violence from proslavery and abolishinists . The proslavery people attacked the town Lawrance. An extremest abolishinist named John Brown murdered 5 proslavery people. This event led to a war in Kansas.
  • Canning of Sumner

    Charles Sumner insulted the proslavery people and singled out Senater Andrew Butler. Two days later a relative of Andrew, Preston Brooks of South Carolina smacked Sumner with his cane until it broke. Brooks become a hero to the South while the North thought of him as a villian for assulting an abolishinist Senater.
  • Attack on Harper Ferry

    John Brown gathered a group of abolitionists who captured an arsenal in Harper Ferry. He asked the slaves to join him and rebel against the slave owners but no one came. This cause a bigger seperation between North and the South.
  • Election of 1860

    In the election of 1860 there were 4 candidates who ran for president. The South threatened that they would seceed if Abraham Lincoln became president. Abraham Lincoln won the election and said he would not abolish slavery in America.
  • Seceesion

    After the election of 1860 that Abraham Lincoln won the South seceded. They were afraid that the Union would use majority rule to abolish slavery. This event led to the Civil War and was the end event of events that led up to this.