Events Leading Up To The Civil War

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Slaves accomodate 15% of Americas population

1819 - 1820

Missouri enters union as a slave state

1821 - 1822

New York abolishes slavery

1827 - 1828

Tariff is introduced that damages the South's agricultural economy

1828 - 1829

16% of the population are slaves

1830 - 1831

60 whites were killed in the Nat Turner Rebellion

1831 - 1832

Tariff Act of 1832 causes the south to threaten to leave the union

1832 - 1833

Slavery is abolished throughout Britain

1834 - 1835

Arkansas is entered as a slave state

1836 - 1837

Michigan enters union as a free state

1837 - 1838

Underground Railroad is formally organized

1838 - 1870

15% of America's population is declared slave

1840 - 1841

Texas is entered as a slave state

1845 - 1846

Florida is entered as a slave state

1845 - 1846

Iowa entered as a free state

1846 - 1847

Wisconsin enters as a free state

1848 - 1849

Harriet Tubman escapes slavery

1849 - 1850

California becomes the 31st state in the union. It was entered as a free state.

1850 - 1851

Uncle Tom's Cabin is published

1852 - 1853

Bloody Kansas begins

1855 - 1856

Congress passed tariff act of 1857

1857 - 1858

Civil War begins

1861 - 1865