Top Ten Events which led to the Civil War

By Angel__
  • The Cotton Gin

    The invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whiney in 1793, created a huge demand for labor. This led to the Civil War because it caused economic diferrences between the North and the South. Because of the cotton cultivation, more slaves were needed causing conflict over the control of slavery.
  • The Missouri Compromise

    The Missouri Compromise was a law passed by Congress in 1820 that admitted Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state. The 36'30 parallel line was the dividing line between free and slave states. This law led to the Civil War because it unbalanced the free and slave states.
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo recognized Texas as part of the US. It also recognized The Rio Grande as the border of Mexico and Texas. This Treaty lead to the Civil War because Texas became a new state unbalancing the free and slave states.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    The Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, was a law that obligated states to return runaway slaves backs to their masters. People who helped runaways slaves were presecuted. This law led to the Civil War because it drew attention of how bad slavery was and it also increased problems between pro-slavery and anti-slavery states
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    In 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin was an anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe that gave people knowledge about the evil abuse of slavery. This novel led to the Civil War because it caused political and economical arguments about banishing slavery.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    The Kansas-Nebraska Act repelled the Compromise of 1820 by Popular Sovereignty by St.Douglas. The act led to the Civil War because it shocked many Norhterners provoking conflict between the pro and anti-slavery settlers, that also led to the "Bleeding Kansas" event.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas was a period from 1854-1856 that made a huge controversy during the settling of Kansas of wheter the territory should be a free or a slave state. Bleeding Kansas led to the Civil War because it was the first time where pro-slavery and anti-salvery supporters took extreme actions.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott was a slave that sued his master John Emerson after Dred moved to a state where slavery was illegal. The Dred Scott decision took place in the supreme court where he was declared property and not a citizen. This led to the Civil War because it caused a dispute in the south against the north causing abolitionists to incresase their efforts to fight against slavery.
  • John Brown Raided Harper's Ferry

    Jonh Brown held a round of men on a raid at Harper's Ferry, VA hoped to cause a slave uprising. When trying to take over the arsenal they failed, getting caught by Colonel Rolbert E.Lee, they all were hanged for treason. This led to Civil War because he inspired many people with his strong displeasure towards slavery and made a huge controversy of he being a hero or a terrorist.
  • The election of Abraham Lincoln

    In 1860 Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln was elected, S.Carolina and six other states seceded from the Union. Lincoln didn't want to spread slavery, even though his view of slavery were moderate S.Carolina had warned that it would secede if he won. This lead to the Civil War because it made Souterners angry that Lincold did not extended slavery to any new territories.