1860-1856

Events

Jefferson propses abolition of slavery in Virginia

1784

Northwest Ordinance outloaws slavery in Federal territories

1787

Fourteenth Amendment passed

1789

First Congressional ban on the importation of slaves

1807

slave trade ended by U.S. Congress

1808

Missouri Compromise

1820

Pennsylvania passes a gradual emancipation law

1826

Jefferson and Madison die

1826

Lincoln's speech to the Young Men's Lyceum

1838

Compromise which allowed admission of Calif. as a free state

1850

Uncle Tom's Cabin

1851

Lincoln's Peoria Speech

1854

Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

1854

Dred Scott decision

1857

Lincoln Douglas Debates

1858

Lincoln's First Inaugural

1861

Gettysburg Address

1863

Lincoln Assassinated

1865

Lincoln's Second Inaugural

1865

'Black codes' enacted

1865

Plessy v. Ferguson

1896

Segregation of federal workplaces in Washington, D.C.

1914

Brown v. Board of Education

1954

Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream

1963

Jim Crow Laws enacted

1965

(a span of about two decades)

Regents of Univ. of Ca. v. Bakke

1978