Section Tensions and the Crisis of Union

1848-1860

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The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican War

1848

Compromise of 1850

1850

Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

1852

The beating of Senator Charles Sumner

1856

Beginning of "Bleeding Kansas"

1856

Dred Scott v. Sanford decision

1857

John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry arsenal

1859

South Carolina secedes from the US

1860

Election of President Abraham Lincoln

1860