Key Events in the Civil War


3/5ths Compromise


⅗’s Compromise: 1787 counts African Americans as ⅗ of a person when counting for the population.

Invention of Cotton Gin


Invention of Cotton Gin: 1794 the cotton gin was invented, and it allowed the south to make more money, but also increased the demand for slaves

Invention of the Steam Engine


The steam Engine was refined, and allowed transportation to increase, increasing the amount of slaves needed in the south to allow cash crops to be produced faster, to be shipped faster.

Missouri Compromise of 1820


Missouri Compromise of 1820: When Missouri was established, a line was created across the U.S in which the states above it would be free states, and the states below would be slave states

Tariff on Foreign Goods


Tariff on Foreign Goods: 1828, Tariff created on foreign goods, which drastically hurts the southern economy, as they have no manufacturing, while the North has alot. One of the Economical causes of the civil war

Mexican-American War


Mexican-American War 1846-1848, gained new territory, but dispute on whether the new states established should be free or slave states

Compromise of 1850


Compromise of 1850: Stopped Slave trade in Washington D.C, established California as a free state, allowed Utah and New Mexico to vote or be a slave or free state

Fugitive Slave Law


Fugitive Slave Law: 1850, If a slave escaped from an owner, citizens of both the free and slave states were required to act.

Underground Railroad


Underground railroad: 1850, A series of routes where people for african american rights would use to help fugitive slaves escape to Canada. The most famous leader of the railroad was harriet tubman

Publishing of Uncle Tom’s Cabin


Publishing of Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1852: Literature written about the experience of an African American that shows the moral controversy of slavery.

Kansas-Nebraska Act:


Kansas-Nebraska Act: 1854, Decides that Kansas and Nebraska will vote to be a slave or free state

Bleeding Kansas


Bleeding Kansas: 1854, When voting to become a free or slave state, people from other states came to vote, and both created violence and terror during the voting.

Dred Scott Case


Dred Scott Case: 1857, Scott went to court when he believed he had the right to be free when moving to a free state, but the judge denied him a trial as he never had the right to testify in court as a slave.

Harper’s Ferry Raid


Harper’s Ferry Raid: 1859, A Town in West Virginia that was invaded by John Brown and his supporters in hope of inspiring the slaves to join his invasion, although his invasion was stopped by Robert E. Lee

Lincoln’s Election


Lincoln’s Election: 1860, Lincoln elected as president, although South hates him as he is against slavery, causing them to want to separate themselves

Attack on Ft. Sumter


Attack on Ft. Sumter: 1861, First Battle of the civil war, Anderson refuses to leave the fort as the South claims it, and surrounds the fort leading to their surrender of the fort.

Civil War


Civil War: Officially starts 1861, ends officially in 1865



The start of the reconstruction and unification of the south, which involved the end of slavery. While Abraham Lincoln believed we should try to be friendlier towards the south, Andrew Johnson had a more strict approach.

Emancipation Act


Emancipation Act: 1863, Gives the war a moral purpose to end slavery, and prevents foreign nations from helping the South

Gettysburg Address


Gettysburg Address: 1863, Speech by Abraham Lincoln that defined all of the Union's goals, and inspired the people to fight the war.