The Nation Breaking Apart Timeline

  • Wilmot 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 causing a division in Congress Although, not a success it led to the formation of the Free Soil Party.
  • Compromise of 1850

    To please the North, California would be admitted as a free state and slave trade would be abolished is D.C.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Stephen A. Douglas drafts bill for governing the Nubraska territory into two territories Nebaska and Kansas
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Proslavery and antislavery settlers rush into Kansas territory to vote for territoral legislation. Missourians vote in election illegally Antislavery boycott.
  • Caning of Summer

    Senator Charles Summer's speech attacks proslavery forces in Kansas and makes fun of A.P.Butler. one of Butler's relative'[s were there and attacks him.
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford

    Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, Supreme Court rule against Scott stating:
    -Scott is not a U.s. citizen, cannot sue the U.S. courts.
    -is bound by Missouri's slave code because he lived in Missouri
    Result of case:
    Allow slavery to spread anywhere in U.S. territory denied citizenship of free African Americans