The Road to Secession and Civil War, 1846-1861

  • Annexation of Texas

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    The Road to Secession and Civil War

  • Mexican-American War begins

  • Gold Rush begins

  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

  • Mexican-American war ends

  • President Taylor wins election

  • President Polk dies

  • Great Compromise of 1850

    California as a free state*
    Rejected by Calhoun*
  • President Taylor dies

  • President Fillmore takes presidency

  • 1850 Fugitive Slave Act

    opposed by Seward*
  • President Pierce wins election

  • President Buchanan wins election

  • Lincoln begins presidency

  • President Lincoln wins election

  • Civil War begins