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Timeline: 1850-1861

By kboogie
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    After the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author and abolitionist, wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin". This book conveyed the idea that slaves were treated harshly and unfairly through the use of feelings. This left many different views on the book, with the South claiming it misinterpreted how slaves were treated.
  • Republican Party

    Republican Party
    The republican party was a party that was opposed to expanding slavery into the west. The republican party was made up of the people who were against slavery from the north. This party would come to grow the tensions between the south and north by representing anti-slavery.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The rest of the land from the Louisiana Purchase was split into Kansas and Nebraska. This act repealed the Missouri Compromise by allowing the states to vote on whether they allow slavery or not. This divided the political parties.
  • Bloody Kansas

    Bloody Kansas
    Because of the popular sovereignty, many northerners and southerners went to Kansas to try and change the vote in their favor. This caused many acts of violence until Kansas would end up being a free state in 1861.
  • John War

    John War
    John Brown was an abolitionist who led people against slavery. Northerners supported him while the southerners did not support him.
  • Election 1856

    Election 1856
    This election held the first Republican party candidate, john Fermont. The democrats won this election, with the republicans losing by a tiny margin. Their loss would would lead to their win in 1860.
  • Brooks-Sumner

    During a meeting, Senator Charles gave a speech insulting proslavery senators. During this, Preston Brooks, stormed into the Senate and began to beat Sumner with a cane. This gave the south motivation.
  • Dred Scott

    Dred Scott was involved in Supreme Court Case, Scott v. Sanford, This case limited the rights of slaves and declared the Missouri compromise unconstitutional.
  • Lecompton Constitution

    This constitution prohibited blacks from entering, limiting the popular sovereignty. This constitution was then rejected which caused the tensions between the north and south to increase
  • House Divided Speech

    This was a speech that was given by Abraham Lincoln in which he argued that the country would either be free or allow slaves, stating there could be no split on slavery. This caused there to be more people siding with Abraham Lincoln.
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate

    This was a debate between Lincoln and Douglas. During this debate, Douglas created the Freeport Doctrine, stating that slavery could be stopped by not passing through legislation. Douglas won this campaign but Lincoln gained more an idol to the people who support republican ideals.
  • Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry was where John Brown led a raid for abolition. This led to the capture of John Brown, which later led to his execution.
  • Election of 1860

    This would be the win of the republican party, with the victory to Abraham Lincoln. This was the icing on the cake for the tensions between the south and north.
  • Secession

    This finally led to the civil war to set place by states beginning to secede. Beginning with South Carolina